Retributive Feeling and the Utility of Punishment

Paul Russell

in Freedom and Moral Sentiment

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152906
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869343 | DOI:
 Retributive Feeling and the Utility of Punishment

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My primary objective in this chapter is to articulate Hume's theory of punishment. I argue that Hume is committed to a “mixed” or teleological‐retributivist account of punishment. The contemporary interest of Hume's theory of punishment, I maintain, rests with his effort to develop his account of punishment on the foundations of his naturalistic theory of moral responsibility. The discussion provided compares and contrasts Hume's views on this subject with those of several other thinkers, most notably Adam Smith.

Keywords: consequentialism; H. L. A. Hart; justice; moral sentiment; naturalism; punishment; retribution; retributivism; Adam Smith; utility

Chapter.  9969 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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