Punishment and Shame

Punishment and Shame : A Philosophical Study

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Punishment and Shame: A Philosophical Study reveals the economic and religious underpinnings to modern notions of crime and punishment. Contra Michel Foucault's claim that modern penal practices witness a revolution in Western moral sensibilities, awakened by Enlightenment ideals, Hamblet shows that punishment practices in the West grew out of Protestant moralizations, capitalist greed, and the need for a cheap labor pool.show more

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  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 1,428.81g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739149369
  • 9780739149362

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Hamblet's fine study is timely. She goes against the conservative tendency that, out of fear, reasserts a belief in punishment. By placing punishment and shame in historical and philosophical contexts, she brilliantly demonstrates that our treatment of criminals and the poor reveals more about us than it does about them. -- Richard Stivers, Illinois State University Hamblet here offers 'a genealogy of punishment,' an attempt to understand punishment through its history; this study offers, among other delights, a fundamental critique of Foucault's famous attempt to do the same. -- Michael Davis, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and professor of philosophy, Illinois Institute of Technologyshow more

About Wendy C. Hamblet

Wendy C. Hamblet is associate professor of philosophy at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and director of Therapeia Ethics Consulting. She is author of The Lesser Good: the Problem of Justice in Plato and Levinas, Savage Constructions: The Myth of African Savagery, and The Sacred Monstrous: Reflections on Violence in Human Communities.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One. Ancient Ideas about Justice and Punishment Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Justice and the Cosmic Order in Greek Mythology Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Justice and Punishment in Greek Tragedy Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Honor and Shame in the Heroic Worldview Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Justice and Punishment in Classical Athens Part 7 Part Two. Plato's Revolutionary Penology Chapter 8 Chapter 5. From Avenging to Healing Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Shame as Witness to Education Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Plato's Revolutionary Penology Part 11 Part Three. From Punitive Science to Public Spectacle Chapter 12 Chapter 8. The Science of Penal Measure Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Toward a Christian Philosophy of Punishment Chapter 14 Chapter 10. From Karitas to Penal Spectacle Part 15 Part Four. A Modern Penology of Shame Chapter 16 Chapter 11. The Business of Punishment Chapter 17 Chapter 12. Modernity's Shameful Penology Chapter 18 Chapter 13. Shame, Social Injustice, and the Poor's Right to Crime Chapter 19 Afterwordshow more