Course Description

What is the meaning of legal punishment? Why should we punish criminals (including natural and artificial persons, individuals and collectives)? In what ways should they be punished? How important is proportionality of punishment? How significant are expected consequences of punishment? This course critically examines developments in philosophical thinking about the conceptual foundations of punishment, focusing on theories of deterrence, retributivism, and restorative justice. Readings are comprised of classic and contemporary works by philosophers.

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Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, it is not scheduled for the Spring 2020 term.

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