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Punishment and the Moral Emotions: Essays in Law, Morality, and Religion

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Abstract

This book presents the author's most recent ideas on punishment, forgiveness, and the emotions of resentment, shame, guilt, remorse, love, and jealousy. In the author's view, conscious rationales of principle—such as crime control or giving others what in justice they deserve—do not always drive our decisions to punish or condemn others for wrongdoing. Sometimes our decisions are in fact driven by powerful and rather base emotions such as malice, spite, envy, and cruelty. But our decisions to punish or condemn can also be driven by noble emotions. Indeed, if we punish to express the justified ... More

Keywords: punishment, forgiveness, resentment, shame, guilt, remorse, love, jealousy, condemnation, moral emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199764396
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764396.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrie G. Murphy, author
Regents Professor of Philosophy and Law, Arizona State University