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The Ends of Harm: The Moral Foundations of Criminal Law

Victor Tadros


Victor Tadros sets out to defend the ‘duty view’ of punishment. On this view, the permission to punish offenders is grounded in the duties that they incur in virtue of their wrongdoing. The most important duties that ground the justification of punishment are the duty to recognise that the offender has done wrong and the duty to protect others against wrongdoing. In the light of these duties the state has a permission to punish offenders to ensure that they recognise that what they have done is wrong, but also to protect others from crime. Hence, the book offers a defence not only of a communi ... More

Keywords: punishment, self-defence, criminal justice, non-consequentialism, harm, proportionality, retributivism, duty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199554423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor Tadros, author
Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory, University of Warwick