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Punishment: A
     

Punishment: A "Philosophy and Public Affairs" Reader / Edition 1

by A. John Simmons, Marshall Cohen, Joshua Cohen, Charles R. Beitz
 

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ISBN-10: 0691029555

ISBN-13: 9780691029559

Pub. Date: 11/14/1994

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The problem of justifying legal punishment has been at the heart of legal and social philosophy from the very earliest recorded philosophical texts. However, despite several hundred years of debate, philosophers have not reached agreement about how legal punishment can be morally justified. That is the central issue addressed by the contributors to this volume. All

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The problem of justifying legal punishment has been at the heart of legal and social philosophy from the very earliest recorded philosophical texts. However, despite several hundred years of debate, philosophers have not reached agreement about how legal punishment can be morally justified. That is the central issue addressed by the contributors to this volume. All of the essays collected here have been published in the highly respected journal Philosophy & Public Affairs. Taken together, they offer not only significant proposals for improving established theories of punishment and compelling arguments against long-held positions, but also ori-ginal and important answers to the question, "How is punishment to be justified?"

Part I of this collection, "Justifications of Punishment," examines how any practice of punishment can be morally justified. Contributors include Jeffrie G. Murphy, Alan H. Goldman, Warren Quinn, C. S. Nino, and Jean Hampton. The papers in Part II, "Problems of Punishment," address more specific issues arising in established theories. The authors are Martha C. Nussbaum, Michael Davis, and A. John Simmons. In the final section, "Capital Punishment," contributors discuss the justifiability of capital punishment, one of the most debated philosophical topics of this century. Essayists include David A. Conway, Jeffrey H. Reiman, Stephen Nathanson, and Ernest van den Haag.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691029559
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/14/1994
Series:
Philosophy and Public Affairs Readers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Marxism and Retribution3
The Paradox of Punishment39
The Right to Threaten and the Right to Punish47
A Consensual Theory of Punishment94
The Moral Education Theory of Punishment112
Equity and Mercy145
Harm and Retribution188
Locke and the Right to Punish219
Capital Punishment and Deterrence: Some Considerations in Dialogue Form261
Justice, Civilization, and the Death Penalty: Answering van den Haag274
Does It Matter if the Death Penalty Is Arbitrarily Administered?308
Refuting Reiman and Nathanson324
The Contributors336

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