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Punishment, Society, Politics

Ted Honderich

in The Consequences of Determinism

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242833
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242833.003.0005

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Punishment, Society, Politics

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This chapter gives a striking account of the nature of actions and their explanation. It does not carry the fundamental argument onward, but applies it in connection with a final consequence of determinism, its consequence for an array of institutions, practices, and habits in our societies. Among these but only one of seven, although it is given most attention, is punishment. If there has been an insufficient awareness of the range of consequences of determinism, there has also been an insufficient awareness of the extent of what can properly be regarded as this last one of those consequences, having to do with the array of institutions, practices, and habits. Reflection here finally issues in a consideration of determinism and politics.

Keywords: determinism; institutions; practices; habits; politics

Chapter.  34669 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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