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Trials and Punishments : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - R. A. Duff

Trials and Punishments

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Paperback Published: 1st July 1991
ISBN: 9780521407618
Number Of Pages: 332

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How can a system of criminal punishment be justified? In particular can it be justified if the moral demand that we respect each other as autonomous moral agents is taken seriously? Traditional attempts to justify punishment as a deterrent or as retribution fail: but Duff suggests that punishment can be understood as a communicative attempt to bring a wrong-doer to repent her crime. The conclusion is pessimistic: punishment cannot be justified within our legal system; and this gap between the ideal and the actual presents us with serious moral dilemmas. 'Duff's discussion of the traditional theories is incisive and persuasive ...' -- Nicola Lacey, Times Literary Supplement 'What makes the book engaging is the well-argued claim that the two standard philosophies of punishment - deterrence and retribution - are seriously flawed. Eight outstanding chapters are devoted to a critical examination of recent philosophical and legal treatments of punishment ...Duff's discussion is wide, and his unique perspective on the literature is interestingly and suggestively critical.' -- J. White, Choice

'Duff's discussion of the traditional theories is incisive and persuasive ...' The Times Literary Supplement 'What makes the book engaging is the well-argued claim that the two standard philosophies of punishment - deterrence and retribution - are seriously flawed. Eight outstanding chapters are devoted to a critical examination of recent philosophical and legal treatments of punishment ...Duff's discussion is wide, and his unique perspective on the literature is interestingly and suggestively critical.' Choice

Preface
Introduction
On being fit to be tried and punished
Criticism, blame and moral punishment
The law's demands
Trial and verdict
Trial and punishment
Consequentialist punishments
Varieties of retributivism
Punishment, fairness and rights
Expression, penance and reform
The ideal and the actual
Bibliography
Index of names
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521407618
ISBN-10: 0521407613
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st July 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.42

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