Article

How not to Define Punishment

Citation

Duff RA (2015) How not to Define Punishment. Philosophy and Public Issues, 5 (1), pp. 25-41. http://fqp.luiss.it/category/numero/2015-5-1/

Abstract
First paragraph: Brooks offers a critical survey of different normative theories of punishment, finding serious problems with them all, and argues that we should adopt ‘the unified theory of punishment’ that he draws from Hegel and the English Idealists. I had intended to focus this paper on ‘the unified theory’, to ask whether it is indeed both genuinely unified and plausible; but I was so taken aback by what Brooks says about the definition of punishment in the early pages of the Introduction that I have focused instead on that. It might seem misguided to devote so much attention to these first few pages: but if one is going to engage in definitional discussion, it is important to get it right.

Journal
Philosophy and Public Issues: Volume 5, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31843
Publisher URLhttp://fqp.luiss.it/category/numero/2015-5-1/
ISSN1591-0660
eISSN2240-7987