Why Punish? How Much?: A Reader on Punishment

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Michael H. Tonry
Oxford University Press, 2011 - Law - 433 pages
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Punishment, like all complex human institutions, tends to change as ways of thinking go in and out of fashion. Normative, political, social, psychological, and legal ideas concerning punishment have changed drastically over time, and especially in recent decades. Why Punish? How Much? collects essays from classical philosophers and contemporary theorists to examine these shifts. Michael Tonry has gathered a comprehensive set of readings ranging from Kant, Hegel, and Bentham to recent writings on developments in the behavioral and medical sciences. Together they cover foundations of punishment theory such as consequentialism, retributivism, and functionalism, new approaches like restorative, communitarian, and therapeutic justice, and mixed approaches that attempt to link theory and policy. This volume includes an accessible introduction that chronicles the development of punishment systems and theorizing over the course of the last two centuries. Why Punish? How Much? provides a fresh and comprehensive approach to thinking about punishment and sentencing for a broad range of law, sociology, philosophy, and criminology courses.
 

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Contents

THINKING ABOUT PUNISHMENT
3
PART I CLASSICAL THEORIES
29
PART II RETRIBUTIVE THEORIES
107
PART III MIXED THEORIES
191
PART IV EMOTION INTUITION AND DETERMINISM
269
PART V RESTORATIVE THEORIES
315
PART VI SOCIAL THEORIES
383
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Michael Tonry is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Law School, and Senior Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Free University Amsterdam.

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