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Identifying a Comprehensive, Consequentialist Target

John Braithwaite and Philip Pettit

in Not Just Deserts

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240563.003.0004

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Identifying a Comprehensive, Consequentialist Target

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This chapter looks at the challenge of defining an appropriate target for a comprehensive, consequentialist theory. First it identifies which every consequentialist theory of criminal justice, in particular every consequentialist target, ought to exemplify. Then it examines some candidate targets in the light of those desiderata. It rejects utilitarian and preventionist approaches as well as an approach described as target-retributivism: this casts the maximum satisfaction of the requirements which proper retributivists take as constraints in the role of a target for the criminal justice system.

Keywords: criminal justice system; consequentialist theory; legal theory; target-retributivism; preventionism; utilitarianism

Chapter.  4749 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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