Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21994
Appears in Collections:Law and Philosophy Book Chapters and Sections
Title: Retrieving Retributivism
Authors: Duff, R A
Contact Email: r.a.duff@stir.ac.uk
Editors: White, MD
Citation: Duff RA (2011) Retrieving Retributivism. In: White MD (ed.). Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-24.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract: First paragraph: Retributivism needs saving not only from its plentiful enemies, but from some of its would-be friends. More precisely, since there are so many different accounts of punishment calling themselves "retributivist" that we might wonder whether the term picks out a single school of thought,[i] what needs saving is what I take to be the core retributivist thought: that what gives criminal punishment its meaning and the core of its normative justification is its relationship, not to any contingent future benefits that it might bring, but to the past crime for which it is imposed. The challenge for a would-be retributivist is to explain that thought and to explain that justificatory relationship in a way that makes themit both intelligible and morally plausible: morally plausible, in particular, as an account of criminal punishment in a liberal democracy, since that is the context in which, for most likely readers of this book, criminal punishment operates. Retributivism needs saving, and the core retributivist thought needs retrieving, from those who interpret it in ways that fail to make it morally plausible. Such failures are found among advocates of retributivism as well as among its critics. They are found most obviously among political advocates, in the depressingly familiar penal rhetoric that makes it sound as if the sole aim of a system of criminal justice is to inflict harsh suffering on offenders. But they are also found among theoretical defenders of retribution, who are too prone to portray criminal punishment as consisting simply in the deliberate infliction of suffering on passive recipients who are said to deserve it. [i] See Cottingham, "Varieties of Retribution."
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
Type: Part of book or chapter of book
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21994
URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199752232.do
Affiliation: Philosophy

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Duff Final.pdf430.47 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 31/12/2999     Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependant on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright



Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact library@stir.ac.uk providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.