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Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy

Mark D. White


This book offers analysis and explanations of new developments in retributivism, the philosophical account of punishment that holds that wrongdoers must be punished as a matter of right, duty, or justice, rather than to serve some general social purpose such as deterrence or individual purpose such as rehabilitation of the criminal or the vengeance of the victim. The contemporary debate over retributivist punishment has become particularly vibrant in recent years, focusing increasingly on its political and economic as well as its philosophical aspects, and also on its practical ramifications i ... More

Keywords: retributivism, punishment, justice, right, criminal law, philosophy, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199752232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark D. White, editor
College of Staten Island/CUNY
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