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Title
Punishment and freedom - a liberal theory of penal justice
Author
Alan Brudner
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20120223

This book sets out a new understanding of the penal law of a liberal legal order. The prevalent view today is that the penal law is best understood from the standpoint of a moral theory concerning when it is fair to blame and censure an individual character for engaging in proscribed conduct. By contrast, this book argues that the penal law is best understood by a political and constitutional theory about when it is permissible for the state to restrain and confine afree agent. The book's thesis is that penal action by public officials is permissible force rather than wrongful violence only if it could be accepted by the agent as being consistent with its freedom. There are, however, different conceptions of freedom, and each informs a theoretical paradigm ofpenal justice generating distinctive constraints on state coercion. Although this plurality of paradigms creates an appearance of fragmentation and contradiction in the law, the author argues that the penal law forms a complex whole uniting the constraints on punishment flowing from each paradigm.

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Alan Brudner is Albert Abel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, where he also received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Political Science. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Constitutional Goods and The Unity of theCommon Law: Studies in Hegelian Jurisprudence as well as numerous journal articles on a variety of topics in legal and political theory. He was the editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal from 2000 to 2007.

Brudner's effort is mind-blowing.
Old ideas are expressed in new frameworks; familiar distinctions are drawn in different ways; existing doctrines receive novel formulations; principles that long have been taken for granted are subjected to fresh challenges Punishment and Freedom poses a deep challenge to just about everything we Anglo-American criminal theorists take for granted.
Douglas Husak, Rutgers University. Ethics 120.4

Alan Brudner has produced a rare and beautiful work of scholarship.
He gives us nothing less than a comprehensive theory of the criminal law, with answers to almost all, if not all, the questions that commonly preoccupy its students. The scope of Brudner's study is breath-taking ...Hegel's work inspires Brudner's theory, but anyone can understand Brudner's theory without misunderstanding Hegel, though I suspect that the more one appreciates Hegel, the better one canappreciate Brudner...Brudner's theory of the criminal law is an intellectual delight, in which i hope every student of the criminal law will allow themselves to indulge.
Stephen P. Garvey, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Cornell Law School, University of Toronto Law Journal

Alan Brudner has produced a rare and beautiful work of scholarship.
He gives us nothing less than a comprehensive theory of the criminal law, with answers to almost all, if not all, the questions that commonly preoccupy its students...Brudner's theory of the criminal law is an intellectual delight, in which I hope every student of the criminal law will allow themselves to indulge
Stephen P Garvey

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Punishment.|Liberty.|Liberalism.|Punishment - Philosophy.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
xix, 336

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