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The injustice of punishment

Author: Bruce N Waller
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge research in applied ethics, 8.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"[This book] emphasizes that we can never make sense of moral responsibility while also acknowledging that punishment is sometimes unavoidable. Recognizing both the injustice and the necessity of punishment is painful but also beneficial. It motivates us to find effective means of minimizing both the use and severity of punishment, and encourages deeper inquiry into the causes of destructive behavior and how to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce N Waller
ISBN: 9781315146911 1315146916
OCLC Number: 1005690620
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: Beyond the moral responsibility system --
The unjust necessity of punishment --
Tychonic moral responsibility --
The strike-back roots of retributive justice --
A just world, moral responsibility, and the justice of punishment --
Does denying moral responsibility threaten dignity, rights, and innocence? --
Empirical examination of moral responsibility --
How does belief in moral responsibility undermine personal dignity? --
Efforts to make punishment just --
Is therapy an alternative? --
The no-blame system model --
No limits on no-blame --
A universal no-blame system.
Series Title: Routledge research in applied ethics, 8.
Responsibility: by Bruce N. Waller.

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"[This book] emphasizes that we can never make sense of moral responsibility while also acknowledging that punishment is sometimes unavoidable. Recognizing both the injustice and the necessity of punishment is painful but also beneficial. It motivates us to find effective means of minimizing both the use and severity of punishment, and encourages deeper inquiry into the causes of destructive behavior and how to change those causes in order to reduce the need for punishment. There is an emerging alternative to the comfortable but destructive system of moral responsibility and just deserts. That alternative is not the creation of philosophers but of sociologists, criminologists, psychologists, and workplace engineers; it was developed, tested, and employed in factories, prisons, hospitals, and other settings; and it is writ large in the practices of cultures that minimize belief in individual moral responsibility. The alternative marks a promising path to less punishment, less coercive control, deeper common commitment, and more genuine freedom."--

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