Consequentialism, Responsibility and Retribution: Comments on Victor Tadros’ Theory of Punishment

Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, Vol. 5, pp. 48-61, 2012

18 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2012 Last revised: 31 Mar 2016

Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This paper considers some of the arguments in Victor Tadros’ book on the moral justification of criminal punishment. While the final end of the book is a theory of punishment, it discusses along the way also general topics in moral and political philosophy and considers the analogy between punishment and defensive force. Therefore, the book is of interest not only to people who are interested in the justification of punishment, but also to those who are interested in ethical theory more generally. In what follows, I first describe, very briefly, the main arguments in the book and then consider a few aspects of some of these arguments.

Keywords: Punishment, Justification, Consequentialism, Retribution, Responsibility, Self-Defense,

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, Consequentialism, Responsibility and Retribution: Comments on Victor Tadros’ Theory of Punishment (2012). Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, Vol. 5, pp. 48-61, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2134930

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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