Retributivism: An Inferior Theory

John Braithwaite and Philip Pettit

in Not Just Deserts

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680205 | DOI:

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Retributivism: An Inferior Theory

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This chapter shows, more generally, that unlike the republican theory, retributivism cannot provide a satisfactory set of answers to the key questions about sentencing and punishment: Why punish? Who to punish? How to punish? This means that retributivism fails, even on its own terms; by contrast with republicanism, it is an inherently inadequate theory.

Keywords: republican theory; criminal justice; crime; punishment; retributivism

Chapter.  9884 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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