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Honor and Revenge: A Theory of Punishment

Authors: Kaufman, Whitley R.P.

  • First book to expound a new theory that provides a rational foundation for the practice of punishment
  • Provides a moral defense of revenge in a way never before attempted
  • Gives a concise but systematic summary of the current state of the debate
  • Is written at a level that is accessible to researchers and practitioners alike, avoiding technical philosophical jargon or abstruse issues in philosophy
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About this book

This book addresses the problem of justifying the institution of criminal punishment.   It examines the “paradox of retribution”: the fact that we cannot seem to reject the intuition that punishment is morally required, and yet we cannot (even after two thousand years of philosophical debate) find a morally legitimate basis for inflicting harm on wrongdoers.  The book comes at a time when a new “abolitionist” movement has arisen, a movement that argues that we should give up the search for justification and accept that punishment is morally unjustifiable and should be discontinued immediately.  This book, however, proposes a new approach to the retributive theory of punishment, arguing that it should be understood in its traditional formulation that has been long forgotten or dismissed: that punishment is essentially a defense of the honor of the victim.  Properly understood, this can give us the possibility of a legitimate moral justification for the institution of punishment.​

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Problem of Punishment

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 1-18

  • Punishment as Crime Prevention

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 19-45

  • Can Retributive Punishment Be Justified?

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 47-72

  • The Mixed Theory of Punishment

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 73-92

  • Retribution and Revenge

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 93-112

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4845-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4844-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8475-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Honor and Revenge: A Theory of Punishment
Authors
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
104
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4845-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4845-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4844-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8475-7
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 204
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