Punishment : The Supposed Justifications
This book examines the justifications and purposes of punishment. It asks whether the primary impulse to punish comes from the desire for revenge, and whether this primal desire has been truly supplanted by social justifications of deterrence and rehabilitation. The author reviews arguments on both sides of these questions.
- Paperback | 248 pages
- 138 x 216mm | 282g
- 25 Jan 1990
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
Table of contents
Preface to the new edition 1. Problem 2. Retribution 3. Deterrence 4. Reform 5. Freedom 6. Compromises 7. Liberty and Punishment Postscript: The New Retributivism and Political Philosophy Index.
"sets out a continuous and close-knit argument. It is a welcome addition to the short shelf of books on the general theories of punishment." Mind. "painstaking, comprehensive and unimpassioned." New Statesman. bold, tough, direct style . . . clear-headed." Times Literary. Supplement "a rational and civilized book . . . sane, thorough and socially radical." Inquiry.