Punishment: The Supposed Justifications Revisited

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Dezember 2005



New edition of a classic work exploring the philosophical justifications for our penal system. 'A pleasure to read.' --TLS


Introduction 1 Problem 2 Backward-Looking Theories 3 Grievance-Satisfaction 4 Utilitarian Prevention Theory, Etc. 5. Reform, Rehabilitation, Treatment 6. Determinism 7 Compromise Theories of Punishment 8 Non-Problem, Other Conclusions Acknowledgements Notes Index


Ted Honderich is Grote Professor Emeritus at University College London and author of numerous books on philosophy including After the Terror (Edinburgh University Press, 2002), How Free Are You? (Oxford University Press, 2001), and editor of The Philosophers: Introducing Great Western Thinkers (Oxford University Press, 2001). He is also the editor of the Oxford Companion to Philosophy.


This book would be invaluable for anyone who wants to start thinking seriously about what justifies punishment, not only because it surveys a high proportion of the classical literature but because it connects theories in broad yet subtle ways. It adroitly anticipates the reader's objections. It combines impressive breath with meticulous dissection of ideas. Its conclusion is refreshingly iconoclastic. It contains wit and a healthy contempt for politicians. -- Metapsychology This book is something of a curiosity, an application of the reputedly nitpicking techniques of British analytical philosophy to a question of real practical importance which can easily be recognised as such. Honderich does emphasis that we cannot look at punishments in the abstract without considering the substantive laws (of property in particular) which they are intended to protect. He says, obviously rightly, that the greatest enthusiasts for punishments are believers in immutable property rights and is properly scathing about Nozick, the American rights theorist about whom Bentham's expression 'nonsense on stilts' might have been coined. -- Rory O'Kelly, Chartist Sir Isaiah Berlin's...essays...amount to more than intellectual history...The new book on punishment by Ted Honderich seems to me a very good example of philosophy in the midst of recovery -- Norman Care, The New Republic
EAN: 9780745321318
ISBN: 0745321313
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: PLUTO PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 249 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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