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On Expressivism and Retributivism in 'The Mighty and the Almighty'

Journal of Analytic Theology (Forthcoming)

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-0003

6 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2016  

Marc O. DeGirolami

St. John's University - School of Law

Date Written: March 9, 2016

Abstract

This short comment explores Nicholas Wolterstorff's claims about expressivism and retributivism as justifications for the state's punishment of criminal offenders in his book, "The Mighty and the Almighty." It asks two questions about his account of expressivism and retributivism respectively, focusing on his interpretation of the reasons for punishment given by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Romans.

Keywords: Expressivism, Retributivism, Punishment Theory, Religion

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DeGirolami, Marc O., On Expressivism and Retributivism in 'The Mighty and the Almighty' (March 9, 2016). Journal of Analytic Theology (Forthcoming); St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-0003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2743958

Marc O. DeGirolami (Contact Author)

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