Retributivism, Moral Education and the Liberal State

Criminal Justice Ethics, Vol. 4, p. 3, 1985

9 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2009

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Jeffrie G. Murphy

Arizona State University College of Law

Date Written: 1985

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Theories of Punishment, Retribution, Criminal Law

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Jeffrie G., Retributivism, Moral Education and the Liberal State (1985). Criminal Justice Ethics, Vol. 4, p. 3, 1985, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1444904

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