The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A Rationale for Punishment
Because problems concerning punishment arise at many intellectual levels, there is no one question or set of questions about punishment to be answered. I propose to address what I take to be some of the issues about punishment which are crucial for moral and social philosophy. I shall consider in turn the questions: What is the moral basis for punishment?; By whom is punishment justifiably imposed?; and, What kinds and degrees of punishment are justifiable? I shall then consider briefly what the principles reached mean both for ideal institutions and for the evaluation of our own current conditions.
Volume 4, Number 2 (1980)
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King, J. Charles. "Rationale for Punishment, A." Journal of Libertarian Studies 4, No.2 (1980): 151-165.