Punishment : The Supposed Justifications

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 138 x 216mm | 282g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745607756
  • 9780745607757

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.
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"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.
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