Punishment and Reward

Geoffrey Cupit

in Justice as Fittingness

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238621
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679698 | DOI:
Punishment and Reward

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This chapter discusses rewards and punishments and their relationship to justice. It considers whether justice as fittingness provides a satisfactory framework within which to discuss the relationship between justice and the practices of rewarding and punishing. There is a close association between desert and the notions of reward and punishment. Thus, it may appear that to accept justice as fittingness is to accept that reward and punishment have a particularly significant role to play in a just society, and even that to accept justice as fittingness is to be commuted to retributivism. While viewing justice as a fittingness concept is compatible with retributivism (indeed, retributivism may presuppose that justice is a fittingness concept), it is possible to accept justice as fittingness and reject retributivism.

Keywords: justice; punishments; rewards; fittingness; desert; retributivism

Chapter.  8234 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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