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Punishment : the supposed justifications revisited

Author: Ted Honderich
Publisher: London ; Ann Arbor, MI : Pluto Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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New edition of a classic work exploring the philosophical justifications for our penal system. 'A pleasure to read.' TLS

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Honderich
ISBN: 0745321321 9780745321325 0745321313 9780745321318
OCLC Number: 61425518
Notes: Previous edition: Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 1989.
Description: viii, 249 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Problem and definition --
The need to justify punishment --
The definition of punishment --
2. Backward-looking theories --
Retribution theories in general --
Legal, circular, and intrinsic-good retributivism --
Distress-culpability, forfeited rights, indifference --
Innocence system --
Annulment, offenders' rights --
Rational contract --
Consent to loss on immunity --
Satisfactions-in-acting --
3. Grievance satisfaction --
An actual reason --
System --
Defences and criticism --
4. Utilitarian prevention theory, etc. --
Questions of fact about prevention --
The utilitarian prevention theory --
The victimization objection --
Utilitarians on victimization --
Justified and unjustified victimizations --
Retrospect and conclusion --
5. Reform, rehabilitation, treatment --
Punishment as reformative --
Illness and treatment --
Objections --
6. Determinism --
Punishment, freedom, responsibility --
A sketch of determinism --
Determinism despite quantum theory --
Compatibilism and incompatibilism --
Attitudinism --
Arguments for compatibilism and incompatibilism --
The real consequences of determinism --
Punishment --
7. Compromise theories --
Retrospect, separate questions --
Prevention and retribution --
Correct-values retributivism --
Liberal-community retributivism --
8. Non-problem, other conclusions --
The end of all retributivism --
The decent society --
The principle of humanity --
Our societies --
Our unjustified punishments.
Responsibility: Ted Honderich.
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