The Problem of Punishment (Paperback)
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The Problem of Punishment (Paperback)

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Paperback 310 Pages / Published: 14/04/2008
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In this book, David Boonin examines the problem of punishment, and particularly the problem of explaining why it is morally permissible for the state to treat those who break the law in ways that would be wrong to treat those who do not? Boonin argues that there is no satisfactory solution to this problem and that the practice of legal punishment should therefore be abolished. Providing a detailed account of the nature of punishment and the problems that it generates, he offers a comprehensive and critical survey of the various solutions that have been offered to the problem and concludes by considering victim restitution as an alternative to punishment. Written in a clear and accessible style, The Problem of Punishment will be of interest to anyone looking for a critical introduction to the subject as well as to those already familiar with it.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521709613
Number of pages: 310
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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'David Boonin's book ... combines an incredible command of the literature with an organized and careful discussion ... this is the best book ever written on the philosophy of punishment ... must reading for anyone who wants to explore the moral status of punishment.' Stephen Kershnar, State University of New York, Fredonia
"... an excellent, thorough account of the concept of punishment. He critically engages in great depth a wide range of theories that purport to explain why the practice of punishment is morally permissible ... In addition, Boonin provocatively calls into question the ultimate need for punishment by insightfully defending an alternative practice of pure restitution from numerous objections. Whether or not one agrees with his defense of abolitionism, Boonin convincingly shows that a plausible solution to the problem of punishment will look very different from any theory that has come before in the literature." - Jim Staihar, University of Chicago Law School

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