Law, Ideology and Punishment: Retrieval and Critique of the Liberal Ideal of Criminal Justice - Law and Philosophy Library 12 (Paperback)
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Law, Ideology and Punishment: Retrieval and Critique of the Liberal Ideal of Criminal Justice - Law and Philosophy Library 12 (Paperback)

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This book is about 'Kantianism' in both a narrow and a broad sense. In the former, it is about the tracing of the development of the retributive philosophy of punishment into and beyond its classical phase in the work of a number of philosophers, one of the most prominent of whom is Kant. In the latter, it is an exploration of the many instantiations of the 'Kantian' ideas of individual guilt, responsibility and justice within the substantive criminal law . On their face, such discussions may owe more or less explicitly to Kant, but, in their basic intellectual structure, they share a recognisably common commitment to certain ideas emerging from the liberal Enlightenment and embodied within a theory of criminal justice and punishment which is in this broader sense 'Kantian'. The work has its roots in the emergence in the 1970s and early 1980s in the United States and Britain of the 'justice model' of penal reform, a development that was as interesting in terms of the sociology of philosophical knowledge as it was in its own right. Only a few years earlier, I had been taught in undergraduate criminology (which appeared at the time to be the only discipline to have anything interesting to say about crime and punishment) that 'classical criminology' (that is, Beccaria and the other Enlightenment reformers, who had been colonised as a 'school' within criminology) had died a major death in the 19th century, from which there was no hope of resuscitation.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789401068000
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 368 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 199


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`Norrie's account of juridical individualism ... in the particular context of theorising about punishment strikes a clear chord with contemporary jurisprudence ... [and] makes a substantial and original contribution to significant areas of legal theoretical research ...
I would judge his contribution to our understanding of the philosophy of punishment to be among the most important to emerge in the last twenty years.
A most perceptive treatment of a socially and legally relevant issue.
I am particularly impressed by the skilful textual analysis ... and ... ability to relate classical political philosophy to contemporary issues ... It is critical scholarship at the best, incisive and relevant. It makes us sit up and re-assess conventional dogma, and anything that does that deserves praise and wide exposure.'
Michael Freeman, University College, London

` One of the most important contributions to the philosophy of of punishment in the last twenty years. '
Nicola Lacey, New College, Oxford

` His interpretations ... are always marked by penetration and acuity ..., are always interesting because they are carried out with great analytical skill and precision ... an author gifted with great critical skill ... a real and commendable achievement. ' (translation)
Professor Dr Rainer Raczyk, Heidelberg (Goltdammer's Archiv Strafrecht 1991)

` a scholarly and interesting work ... His is a good, careful and serious book. It is worthy both for its scholarship and for its integrity in putting forward carefully worked out views which, in this postmodern age, are perhaps not fashionable. It has broadened the scope of the modern debate because it has respected that [liberal] tradition. '
Zenon Bankowski, University of Edinburgh (Modern Law Review 1992, 55)

` This is a provocative and challenging book, which deserves careful attention from anyone who takes seriously the question of whether, and how, our system of criminal justice can be justified ... One of the signal merits of this book ... is that it forces us to confront the uncomfortable possibility that we cannot hope to make rational normative sense of our existing legal institutions. '
Professor Antony Duff, University of Stirling (Criminal Law Review 1992)

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