The Moral Community, Justified Coercion, and Punishment

Matt Matravers

in Justice and Punishment

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599828 | DOI:
 The Moral Community, Justified Coercion, and Punishment

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Having established the nature of the moral community, this chapter examines the part played in that community by punishment. The right to punish is shown to be justified as intrinsic to morality itself. Punishment is shown to secure the conditions of moral flourishing, to communicate to the offender the wrongs that he has done to his victim and to the community, and it tries in so doing, to reinforce in the offender his commitment to morality. Punishment is thus shown to be needed for its consequences, but also to be of an offender for an offence.

Keywords: commitment; moral community; morality; punishment; wrong

Chapter.  14876 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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