Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy

Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy

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In Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy, Professor Mark D. White and his contributors offer analysis and explanations of new developments in retributivism, the philosophical account of punishment that holds that wrongdoers must be punished as a matter of right, duty, or justice, rather than to serve some general social purpose. The contemporary debate over retributivist punishment has become particularly vibrant in recent years, focusing increasingly on its political and economic as well as its philosophical aspects, and also on its practical ramifications in addition to theoretical implications. The twelve chapters in this book, written by leading legal scholars and philosophers, cover the various justifications and conceptions of retributivism, its philosophical foundations (often questioning conventional understandings), and how retributivism informs actual criminal justice procedures and practices.He argues that a€œ[w]hether one is treated justly or not depends on how others are treated and not solely on what one deserves. ... The only feature that seems to explain why some are treated differently than others is their race, and race is just as arbitrary at determining who ... The claim is not that we should reject capital punishment because it is disproportionate to a particular crime, such as murder.

Title:Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy
Author:Mark D. White
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2011-03-28


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