Retributivism I: Fair Play Theory

Matt Matravers

in Justice and Punishment

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599828 | DOI:
 Retributivism I: Fair Play Theory

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A recent attempt to revive retributive theories of punishment, pioneered by Herbert Morris and Jeffrie Murphy, argues that punishment restores the balance of benefits and burdens in a society; a balance that is disturbed by crime. Classic and contemporary statements of this position are examined and rejected. The conclusion is that fair‐play theory, with its emphasis on free riding, does not have an adequate account of ‘wrong’.

Keywords: crime; fair‐play theory; free riding; Herbert Morris; Jeffrie Murphy; punishment; retributivism; wrongness

Chapter.  13750 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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