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Justifying Legal Punishment
     

Justifying Legal Punishment

by Igor Primoratz
 

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While the philosophy of punishment is dominated by utilitarian and "mixed" theories, this study, written in the analytic tradition but also drawing on the views of Hegel, argues for a purely retributive view: all the main questions facing a theory of punishment are answered in terms of justice and desert, without any concessions to social expediency.

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While the philosophy of punishment is dominated by utilitarian and "mixed" theories, this study, written in the analytic tradition but also drawing on the views of Hegel, argues for a purely retributive view: all the main questions facing a theory of punishment are answered in terms of justice and desert, without any concessions to social expediency.

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"Justifying Legal Punishment offers a cogent defense of retributivism . . . a biting critique of utilitarian justifications of punishment, and a tentative defense of capital punishment. . . . A particularly timely book, given the precarious progress of retributivism in the twentieth century."
—Ethics

"By producing the present, clear, comprehensive, and compelling defense of a strict retributivist justification, Dr. Igor Primoratz has set a challenging standard."
—The Philosophical Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780391040366
Publisher:
Humanities Press International, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Pages:
198

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