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Consequentialism

Matt Matravers

in Justice and Punishment

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599828 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295731.003.0002
 Consequentialism

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Consequentialist, and in particular, utilitarian theories of punishment hold that punishment is justified by its consequences. This chapter considers classic and contemporary statements of this position and argues that whilst consequentialism captures an important truth about punishment—that punishment has something to do with securing a better future—it cannot provide an adequate answer to the question of what justifies some people punishing others.

Keywords: consequentialism; punishment; utilitarianism

Chapter.  15399 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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