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Why Punish? By Nigel Walker

Why Punish?

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Examining justifications for punishment, this book reviews the classical utilitarian approach as well as the modern retributive theory. The author covers the realities of sentencing together with fundamental concerns, including such aspects as remorse and forgiveness and the humanitarian movement.

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Why Punish? by Nigel Walker

In this look at justifications for punishment, the author encourages people to take an "amphibian" approach to the issues: to walk on dry land and look at the realities of sentencing and to swim in the deep waters, where moral philosophers lurk, exploring the fundamental concerns. He argues that the modern retributive theory of punishment has not solved the problems of the classical utilitarian approach and has indeed created new ones of its own. Having researched these problems and discussed them with judges, magistrates, jurists, philosophers and prisoners, he distinguishes rhetoric from hard reasoning and shows that attempts at intellectual compromises between utilitarians and retributivists do not stand up to close examination. The book also deals with aspects normally left to theologians, such as remorse and forgiveness, and with the humanitarian movement.

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"As one would expect, points are made with the elegance and incisiveness that we have come to expect from Nigel Walker as his stock-in-trade....A delight to read."--Philip Bean, Loughborough University


"As one would expect, points are made with the elegance and incisiveness that we have come to expect from Nigel Walker as his stock-in-trade....A delight to read."--Philip Bean, Loughborough University

"As one would expect, points are made with the elegance and incisiveness that we have come to expect from Nigel Walker as his stock-in-trade....A delight to read."--Philip Bean, Loughborough University


"As one would expect, points are made with the elegance and incisiveness that we have come to expect from Nigel Walker as his stock-in-trade....A delight to read."--Philip Bean, Loughborough University


Table of Contents


Introduction: justifying sentences. Part 1 Utilitarian aims: deterring others; educating or satisfying others; elimination and incapacitation; correction. Part 2 Moral objections: human sacrifices?; the sacrosanct personality. Part 3 Retributivism: blaming and excusing?; justifying retribution; a rule-explanation?; the negative principle; commensurability and proportionality; unintended punishment; reparation, repentance, forgiveness and mercy. Part 4 Attempts to compromise: jigsaw, eclectic and hybrid compromises; humanitarian limits; why compromise?; the argument.

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GOR001714724
Why Punish? by Nigel Walker
Nigel Walker
Opus Books
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1991-08-08
182
0192892193
9780192892195
N/A
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