The Moral Benefit of Punishment

The Moral Benefit of Punishment : Self-Determination as a Goal of Correctional Counseling

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In this provocative work, Frances E. Gill argues that self-determination is a universal goal of correctional counseling. Gill leads the reader through a rigorous philosophical justification of the paternalism of state punishment in service of this goal. Drawing on the thought of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Mitchell Aboulafia, and Lawrence Kohlberg, Gill shows that the internalization of moral values (which an offender could achieve through psychotherapy) is necessary for true self-determination. After surveying the predominant contemporary schools of psychotherapy, she shows that-in spite of the differences among existing theoretical orientations-practitioners of correctional counseling consistently strive to facilitate their clients' self-determination. Gill's intelligent treatise will be a valuable reference for scholars of moral and political philosophy, clinical and correctional psychology, and criminal justice, as well as for practicing correctional more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739105779
  • 9780739105771

About Frances E. Gill

Frances E. Gill, who received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, works for the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services as a Rehabilitation more

Review quote

Gill makes a bold and stimulating case... Grounded in ethical theory, her text provides an excellent alternative perspective to traditional correctional counseling and treatment models. -- Michael Braswell, East Tennessee State Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 A Presentation of a Moral Education Theory 2 A Defense of the Need for a Moral Education Account 3 Justifying the Paternalism of Punishing 4 Self-Determination 5 Self-Determination as a Goal of Correctional Counseling 6 Concluding Remarksshow more