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Rights Forfeiture and Punishment

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2017.12.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Heath Wellman, Rights Forfeiture and Punishment, Oxford University Press, 2017, 228pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190274764. Reviewed by David Dolinko, University of California, Los Angeles Convicted criminals are punished by "hard treatment" -- restrictions and deprivations that would ordinarily be viewed as flagrant moral wrongs, such as loss of property, of liberty, and even of life. Scholars have fought for centuries over what makes such punishment morally permissible, if indeed it is. Christopher Heath Wellman addresses this perennial problem of the "justification of punishment" and contends that the vast majority of proposed answers have been fundamentally misconceived. Those answers traditionally take punishment to be morally legitimated by the crucial importance of the purposes it serves, such as deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, and reprobation. Wellman, however, asserts that. . .

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