Chapter

Punishment

J. R. LUCAS

in Responsibility

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235781
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235781.003.0007
Punishment

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This chapter develops a ‘vindicative’ theory of punishment, which construes it primarily as a message to the person being punished, but overheard also and importantly by others, to the effect that what he did was unacceptable. This view is at odds with most of the current orthodoxies; it attempts to accommodate them in the course of the argument.

Keywords: responsibility; theory of punishment; vindication; current orthodoxies

Chapter.  15295 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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