Responsibility and Punishment

Responsibility and Punishment

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This volume presents a defense of retributivism against several long-standing criticisms. In the end, a viable version of retributivism emerges as one which withstands more criticism than competing theories of responsibility and punishment. Extending the problem of wrongdoing to collectives and compensation, Corlett explores the matter of reparations for past wrongs in the case of the crimes committed against Native Americans by the United States Government. He delves deeply into particular concerns with retributivism, responsibility, and certain areas of compensation. Academicians and professionals in ethics, moral, social, political, and legal philosophy are likely to benefit from this analytical treatment of responsibility and punishment.
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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 155.96 x 230 x 14.22mm | 439.98g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • list, index
  • 0792371674
  • 9780792371670

Table of contents

Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The Problem of Responsibility. 3. The Problem of Punishment. 4. Foundations of a Kantian Retributivism. 5. Assessing Retributivism. 6. Gorgiveness, Mercy, and Retributivism. 7. The Problem of Collective Responsibility. 8. Corporate Responsibility and Punishment. 9. Collective Wrongdoing, Reparations, and Native Americans. 10. Conclusion. List of Sources. Index.
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About J. Angelo Corlett

J. Angelo Corlett is Professor of Philosophy & Ethics at San Diego State University, and author of over 75 articles in various leading philosophy and other academic journals, including the books: Analyzing Social Knowledge (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1996); Terrorism: A Philosophical Analysis (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003), Philosophical Studies Series, Volume 101; Race, Racism, and Reparations (Cornell University Press, 2003). He also serves as the Editor-in -Chief of The Journal of Ethics: An International Philosophical Review (Springer), and is the editor of and contributor to Equality and Liberty: Analyzing Rawls and Nozick (Macmillan, 1990).
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