Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 154, Issue 1, pp 103–108 | Cite as

Libertarian Punishment Theory and Unjust Enrichment

  • Walter E. Block
Original Paper


What is the proper punishment from the perspective of the libertarian philosophy? More specifically, in what way, if at all, may a thief benefit from his robbery? The present essay attempts to wrestle with these challenging questions.


Libertarianism Punishment Restitution Unjust enrichment 

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Author Block declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair, Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of BusinessLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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