The Apology Ritual: A Philosophical Theory of Punishment

The Apology Ritual: A Philosophical Theory of Punishment

by Christopher Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521174007

ISBN-13: 9780521174008

Pub. Date: 09/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Christopher Bennett presents a theory of punishment grounded in the practice of apology, and in particular in reactions such as feeling sorry and making amends. He argues that offenders have a 'right to be punished'-that it is part of taking an offender seriously as a member of a normaltively demanding relationship (such as friendship or collegiality or citizenship)

Overview

Christopher Bennett presents a theory of punishment grounded in the practice of apology, and in particular in reactions such as feeling sorry and making amends. He argues that offenders have a 'right to be punished'-that it is part of taking an offender seriously as a member of a normaltively demanding relationship (such as friendship or collegiality or citizenship) that she is subject to retributive attitudes when she violates the demands of that relationship. However, while he claims that punishment and the retributive attitudes are the necessary expression of moral condemnation, Bennett's account of these reactions has more in common with restorative justice than traditional retributivism. He argues that the most appropriate way to react to crime is to require the offender to make proportionate amends. His book is a rich and original contribution to the debate over punishment and restorative justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521174008
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction 1

Part I Justifying Punishment 11

1 The problem of punishment and the restorative alternative 13

2 Some retributivist themes 26

Part II Responding to Wrongdoing 45

3 Responsibility, reactive attitudes and the right to be punished 47

4 Non-retributive dialogue 74

5 The cycle of blame and apology 101

Part III The Apology Ritual 123

6 Restorative justice and state condemnation of crime 125

7 Institutional blame and apology 152

8 The Apology Ritual and its rivals 175

Bibliography 199

Index 208

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