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Punishment By A. John Simmons

Punishment by A. John Simmons

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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. This title offers proposals for improving established theories of punishment and compelling arguments against long-held positions.

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Punishment: A Philosophy and Public Affairs Reader by A. John Simmons

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.

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Winner of the Charles Rufus Morey Award, College Art Association One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1993 "Ringside theorists can get more in 'Punishment', a set of strictly philosophical essays ... 'Punishment' ends with a lively exchange about sentencing bias in capital punishment."--The Economist

Table of Contents

IntroductionMarxism and Retribution3The Paradox of Punishment39The Right to Threaten and the Right to Punish47A Consensual Theory of Punishment94The Moral Education Theory of Punishment112Equity and Mercy145Harm and Retribution188Locke and the Right to Punish219Capital Punishment and Deterrence: Some Considerations in Dialogue Form261Justice, Civilization, and the Death Penalty: Answering van den Haag274Does It Matter if the Death Penalty Is Arbitrarily Administered?308Refuting Reiman and Nathanson324The Contributors336

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GOR004284341
9780691029559
0691029555
Punishment: A Philosophy and Public Affairs Reader by A. John Simmons
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Princeton University Press
1994-12-04
352
Winner of College Art Association Charles Rufus Morey Book Award 1994 Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1993
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