Crimes as Demands for a Remedy

Hyman Gross

in Crime and Punishment

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644711
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738944 | DOI:
Crimes as Demands for a Remedy

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This chapter looks at the positions taken by those who are concerned about the untoward state of affairs that a crime creates, and especially at their view of the remedy that punishment is said to provide for this. Specifically, it discusses six different views of what it is exactly that crime creates and punishment remedies. It addresses the following questions: Do the various theories, aims, purposes, rationale, or whatever else that we might propose in support of punishment somehow constitute a grand scheme that provides collectively the justification that none could provide by itself? Is the cumulative effect of worthy objectives and good reasons acting in combination great enough to overcome our scruples?

Keywords: crime; criminal punishment; remedies; justification

Chapter.  4362 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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