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Title
Punishment - the supposed justifications revisited
Author
Ted Honderich
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Pluto Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20051220

Ted Honderich's Punishment is the best-known book on the justifications put forward for state punishment.

This enlarged and developed edition brings his writing to a new audience. With new chapters on determinism and responsibility, plus a new conclusion, the book also remains true to its original realism about almost all talk of retribution and proportionality. Honderich investigates all the commonsensical notions of why and when punishment is morally necessary, engaging with the language of public debate by politicians and other public figures. Honderich then puts forward his own argument that punishment is legitimate when it
is in accord with the principle of humanity.

Written in a clear, sharp style and seasoned with a dry wit, this is the most important work on the reasoning behind our penal systems. It is a pleasure to read for philosophers and non-philosophers alike.

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Ted Honderich is Grote is Professor Emeritus at University College London and author of numerous books on philosophy including After the Terror (EUP, 2002), How Free Are You? (OUP, 2001), editor of The Philosophers (OUP, 2001) and Conservatism (Pluto, 2005).

'Invaluable for anyone who wants to start thinking seriously about what justifies punishment, not only because it surveys a high proportion of the classical literature but because it connects theories in broad yet subtle ways'
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Type
BOOK
Edition
Enlarged Edition
Keyword Index
Punishment.|Punishment - Philosophy.|Punishment - Moral and ethical aspects.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
256

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