The Problem of Punishment / Edition 1

The Problem of Punishment / Edition 1

by David Boonin
     
 

ISBN-10: 052170961X

ISBN-13: 9780521709613

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, David Boonin examines the problem of punishment, and particularly the problem of explaining why it is morally permissible for the state to treat those who break the law in ways that would be wrong to treat those who do not. Boonin argues that there is no satisfactory solution to this problem and that the practice of legal punishment should therefore be…  See more details below

Overview

In this book, David Boonin examines the problem of punishment, and particularly the problem of explaining why it is morally permissible for the state to treat those who break the law in ways that would be wrong to treat those who do not. Boonin argues that there is no satisfactory solution to this problem and that the practice of legal punishment should therefore be abolished. Providing a detailed account of the nature of punishment and the problems that it generates, he offers a comprehensive and critical survey of the various solutions that have been offered to the problem and concludes by considering victim restitution as an alternative to punishment. Written in a clear and accessible style, The Problem of Punishment will be of interest to anyone looking for a critical introduction to the subject as well as to those already familiar with it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521709613
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
687,166
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. The problem of punishment; 2. The consequentialist solution; 3. The retributivist solution; 4. Other solutions; 5. The appeal to necessity.

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