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Crime and Punishment: A Concise Moral Critique

Hyman Gross


It is generally assumed that we are justified in punishing criminals because they have committed a morally wrongful act. Determining when criminal liability should be imposed calls for a moral assessment of the conduct in question, with criminal liability tracking as closely as possible the contours of morality. Versions of this view are frequently argued for in philosophical accounts of crime and punishment, and seem to be presumed by lawyers and policy makers working in the criminal justice system. Challenging such assumptions, this book considers the dominant justifications of punishment an ... More

Keywords: morally wrongful act, criminal liability, moral assessment, moral critique, human rights violation, political morality, moral scrutiny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644711
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hyman Gross, author
Arthur Goodhart Professor of Legal Science (Emeritus) and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge