Justice Through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment

2015.04.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nick Smith, Justice Through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 402pp., $32.99 (pbk),
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2015.04.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nick Smith, Justice Through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 402pp., $32.99 (pbk), ISBN 9780521189453. Reviewed by Colleen Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign This book builds on Nick Smith's first, I Was Wrong. It presents and defends a practical framework for understanding the role apologies should play in the criminal and civil law, and contrasts this role with the function apologies currently do play in the United States. It also offers a detailed, interdisciplinary critical evaluation of the current legal system in the United States, which raises a rich set of issues for moral, political and legal theorists interested in understanding the conditions that must be in place for legal institutions to actually serve an important moral purpose. In I Was Wrong Smith articulates and defends what he calls a categorical apology. Such an apology serves. . .

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