Problem of Punishment

ISBN-10: 052170961X

ISBN-13: 9780521709613

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Boonin

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In this book, David Boonin examines the problem of punishment, and particularly the problem of explaining why it is morally permissible for the state to treat those who break the law in ways that would be wrong to treat those who do not. Boonin argues that there is no satisfactory solution to this problem and that the practice of legal punishment should therefore be abolished. Providing a detailed account of the nature of punishment and the problems that it generates, he offers a comprehensive and critical survey of the various solutions that have been offered to the problem and concludes by considering victim restitution as an alternative to punishment. Written in a clear and accessible style, The Problem of Punishment will be of interest to anyone looking for a critical introduction to the subject as well as to those already familiar with it.
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

The Problem of Punishment
What Punishment Is
What the Problem of Punishment Is
The Consequentialist Solution
The Act-Utilitarian Version
The Rule-Utilitarian Version
Other Utilitarian Versions
Nonutilitarian Versions
The Retributivist Solution
Desert-Based Retributivism
Forfeiture-Based Retributivism
Fairness-Based Retributivism
Other Versions of Retributivism
Other Solutions
The Consent Solution
The Reprobative Solution
The Moral Education Solution
The Self-Defense Solution
Hybrid Solutions
The Appeal to Necessity
The Theory of Pure Restitution as a Response to the Appeal to Necessity
Clarifying the Theory of Pure Restitution
The Harm to Society Objection
The Irreparable Harms Objection
The Victimless Wrongdoing Objection
The Failed Attempts Objection
The Nonharmful Endangerment Objection
The Mitigating Excuses Objection
The Rich Offender Objection
The Poor Offender Objection
The Insufficient Deterrence Objection
The Insufficient Reprobation Objection
The Punishment as Restitution Objection
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