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1999

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Retribution And The Secondary Aims Of Punishment, Gerard V. Bradley Jan 1999

Retribution And The Secondary Aims Of Punishment, Gerard V. Bradley

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Punishing criminals involves more than visiting unwelcome experiences–the rack, the gallows, confinement, sitting in a corner–upon them. Privations such as these constitute the behavioral substratum, the raw material of punishment. But behaviors such as confinement become the acts that they are, including acts of punishment by confinement, according to the justifying aim(s) which suffuse(s) the behavior. For behaviors such as confinement are ambiguous; limiting another's freedom of movement may be constitutive of a number of different human acts, including quarantine, kidnapping, institutionalization, and imprisonment for crime. Same behavior, different acts. Each of the ends of punishment shapes privations imposed upon …


Retribution: Punishment's Formative Aim, John M. Finnis Jan 1999

Retribution: Punishment's Formative Aim, John M. Finnis

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This Article explores the theoretical underinnings of punishment, in light of statements made about punishment in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche.