Justifying Legal Punishment

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Prometheus Books - Law
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Justifying Legal Punishment offers a cogent defense of retributivism . . . a biting critique of utilitarian justifications of punishment, and a tentative defense of capital punishment. . . . A particularly timely book, given the precarious progress of retributivism in the twentieth century.-EthicsBy producing the present, clear, comprehensive, and compelling defense of a strict retributivist justification, Dr. Igor Primoratz has set a challenging standard.-The Philosophical Quarterly
 

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Contents

THE UTILITY OF PUNISHMENTtyBENTHAM
15
ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE UTILITARIAN THEORY
33
HEGEL
67
ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE RETRIBUTIVE THEORY
83
THE MIDDLE
111
RETRIBUT ION AS A POSITIVE PRINCIPLE
142
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
155
NOTES
173
BIBLIOGRAPHY
189
O1
191
INDEX
195
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