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Justifying Retributivism

Michael Moore

in Placing Blame

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599493
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594649 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599493.003.0004
Justifying Retributivism

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This chapter mulls over the justificatory apparatus of the preceding chapter. A secondary literature critical of that apparatus has developed, and the main arguments of that literature are considered. These include charges of circularity, lack of deductive strength, failures of explanatory superiority, over- emotionality, and under- and over-breadth directed against my mode of justifying retributivism. None of these are found to be convincing.

Keywords: punishment; retributivism; justification; consequentialism; deontology; intrinsic goods; first principles

Chapter.  14979 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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