Punishment

ISBN-10: 0691029555

ISBN-13: 9780691029559

Edition: 1995

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Description: The problem of justifying legal punishment has been at the heart of legal and social philosophy from the very earliest recorded philosophical texts. However, despite several hundred years of debate, philosophers have not reached agreement about how legal punishment can be morally justified. That is the central issue addressed by the contributors to this volume. All of the essays collected here have been published in the highly respected journalPhilosophy & Public Affairs.Taken together, they offer not only significant proposals for improving established theories of punishment and compelling arguments against long-held positions, but also ori-ginal and important answers to the question, "How is punishment to be justified?" Part I of this collection, "Justifications of Punishment," examines how any practice of punishment can be morally justified. Contributors include Jeffrie G. Murphy, Alan H. Goldman, Warren Quinn, C. S. Nino, and Jean Hampton. The papers in Part II, "Problems of Punishment," address more specific issues arising in established theories. The authors are Martha C. Nussbaum, Michael Davis, and A. John Simmons. In the final section, "Capital Punishment," contributors discuss the justifiability of capital punishment, one of the most debated philosophical topics of this century. Essayists include David A. Conway, Jeffrey H. Reiman, Stephen Nathanson, and Ernest van den Haag.

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List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/4/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Joshua Cohen is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society at Stanford University, and a member of the faculty of Apple University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 25 books. His most recent books are Philosophy, Politics, Democracy (2009); The Arc of the Moral Universe (2011); and Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals (2012). Since 1991, Cohen has been editor of the Boston Review.

Introduction
Marxism and Retribution
The Paradox of Punishment
The Right to Threaten and the Right to Punish
A Consensual Theory of Punishment
The Moral Education Theory of Punishment
Equity and Mercy
Harm and Retribution
Locke and the Right to Punish
Capital Punishment and Deterrence: Some Considerations in Dialogue Form
Justice, Civilization, and the Death Penalty: Answering van den Haag
Does It Matter if the Death Penalty Is Arbitrarily Administered?
Refuting Reiman and Nathanson
The Contributors
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