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Two Cheers for Vindictiveness

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Arizona State University College of Law


Punishment & Society, Vol. 2, p. 131, 2000

A vindictive person is one who desires to get even to seek revenge for wrongs sustained at the hands of others. Vindictiveness (the desire for revenge) is commonly condemned as irrational, immoral, and deserving of no place in civilized legal systems. It is here argued that this condemnation may be hasty - may often reflect more what we think we ought to say than what we actually feel and believe. After an attempt to rehabilitate, at least partially, the reputation of the vindictive passions, the article closes with some serious cautions with respect to the ultimate legitimacy of acting upon these passions.

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Keywords: Revenge, sentencing, victim impact statements

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Date posted: August 27, 2009  

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Murphy, Jeffrie G., Two Cheers for Vindictiveness (200). Punishment & Society, Vol. 2, p. 131, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1462831

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Arizona State University College of Law ( email )
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