On Expressivism and Retributivism in 'The Mighty and the Almighty'
Journal of Analytic Theology (Forthcoming)
6 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 9, 2016
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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