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Honor and Revenge: A Theory of Punishment (Hardcover)

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    This book addresses the problem of justifying the institution of criminal punishment. It examines the “paradox of retribution”: the fact that we cannot seem to reject the intuition that punishment is morally required, and yet we cannot (even after two thousand years of philosophical debate) find a morally legitimate basis for inflicting harm on wrongdoers. The book comes at a time when a new “abolitionist” movement has arisen, a movement that argues that we should give up the search for justification and accept that punishment is morally unjustifiable and should be discontinued immediately. This book, however, proposes a new approach to the retributive theory of punishment, arguing that it should be understood in its traditional formulation that has been long forgotten or dismissed: that punishment is essentially a defense of the honor of the victim. Properly understood, this can give us the possibility of a legitimate moral justification for the institution of punishment.?

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    ISBN 9789400748446
    Genre PHILOSOPHY / Reference
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 203
    Publisher Date 2012-08-28 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Springer Verlag
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 6.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.95 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Theory of Punishment
    Series Name Law and Philosophy Library
    Series Volume Number 104
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Kaufman, Whitley R. P.
    Country of Origin United States

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