Legal Punishment

[Revised entry by Antony Duff and Zachary Hoskins on July 18, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The question of whether, and how, legal punishment can be justified has long been a central
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[Revised entry by Antony Duff and Zachary Hoskins on July 18, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The question of whether, and how, legal punishment can be justified has long been a central to legal, moral, and political philosophy: what could justify a state in using the apparatus of the law to inflict intentionally burdensome treatment on its citizens? Radically different answers to this question are offered by consequentialist and by retributivist theorists - and by those who seek to incorporate consequentialist and retributivist considerations in 'mixed' theories of punishment. Meanwhile, abolitionist...

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