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Beccaria : 'On Crimes and Punishments' and Other Writings - Cesare Beccaria


'On Crimes and Punishments' and Other Writings

Paperback Published: 12th June 1995
ISBN: 9780521479820
Number Of Pages: 236

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This edition of Beccaria's On Crimes and Punishments and other writings presents a radically new interpretation of his thought. Drawing on recent Italian scholarship, Richard Bellamy shows how Beccaria wove together the various political languages of the Enlightenment into a novel synthesis, and argues that his political philosophy, often regarded as no more than a precursor of Bentham's, combines republican, contractarian, romantic and liberal as well as utilitarian themes. The result is a complex theory of punishment that derives from a sophisticated analysis of the role of the state and the nature of human motivation in commercial society. The translation used in this edition is based on the fifth Italian edition, and provides english-speaking readers with Beccaria's own order of his text for the first time. A number of pieces from his writings on political economy and the history of civilisation which were not previously available in English are also included.

Biographical glossary
Note on the texts
Bibliographical note
On Crimes and Punishments
To the reader
The origin of punishment
The right to punish
The interpretation of the laws
The obscurity of the laws
The proportion between crimes and punishments
Errors in the measuring of punishments
The classification of crimes
Of honour
Of duels
Public peace
The purpose of punishment
Of witnesses
Evidence and forms of judgement
Secret denunciations
Of torture
Of the exchequer
Of oaths
Of prompt punishments
Violent crimes
The punishment of the nobility
Public disgrace
Banishment and confiscations
Family feeling
Lenience in punishing
The death penalty
Of detention awaiting trial
Trials and prescriptions
Crimes difficult to prove
Of debtors
On setting a price on men's heads
Attempted crimes, accomplices and immunity
Leading interrogations, depositions
Of a particular kind of crime
False ideas of utility
How to prevent crimes
The sciences
Public awards
To Jean Baptiste d+Alembert
To AndrT Morellet
Inaugural Lecture
Reflections on the Barbarousness and the Civilisation of Nations and on the Savage State of Man
Reflections on Manners and Customs
On Luxury
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ISBN: 9780521479820
ISBN-10: 0521479827
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 12th June 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.27

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