Retributivism, Moral Education and the Liberal State
Jeffrie G. Murphy
Arizona State University College of Law
Criminal Justice Ethics, Vol. 4, p. 3, 1985
The purpose of this article is mainly to explore some issues of social and political philosophy in order to raise a puzzle for the retributive and moral education theories of punishment. The basic puzzle is this: Are these theories of punishment compatible with a defensible political theory of the state. Encased in many of the contemporary defenders of retributive and moral education theories of punishment is a social and political viewpoint that wavers between liberal and libertarianism. These cannot be consistent and are not consistent.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: Theories of Punishment, Retribution, Criminal Law
Date posted: August 6, 2009
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