Retributive Justice

[New Entry by Alec Walen on June 18, 2014.] The concept of retributive justice has been used in a variety of ways, but it is best understood as that form of justice committed to the following three
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[New Entry by Alec Walen on June 18, 2014.] The concept of retributive justice has been used in a variety of ways, but it is best understood as that form of justice committed to the following three principles: (1) that those who commit certain kinds of wrongful acts, paradigmatically serious crimes, morally deserve to suffer a proportionate punishment; (2) that it is intrinsically morally good - good without reference to any other goods that might arise - if some legitimate punisher gives them the punishment they deserve; and (3) that it is morally impermissible...

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