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Responsibility and Punishment


Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 1-8
  3. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 9-23
  4. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 25-49
  5. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 51-62
  6. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 63-81
  7. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 83-115
  8. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 117-125
  9. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 127-148
  10. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 149-190
  11. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 191-205
  12. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 207-224
  13. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 225-246
  14. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 247-250
  15. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages E1-E1
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 251-266

About this book


This volume provides discussions of both the concept of responsibility and of punishment, and of both individual and collective responsibility. It provides in-depth Socratic and Kantian bases for a new version of retributivism, and defends that version against the main criticisms that have been raised against retributivism in general. It includes chapters on criminal recidivism and capital punishment, as well as one on forgiveness, apology and punishment that is congruent with the basic precepts of the new retributivism defended therein. Finally, chapters on corporate responsibility and punishment are included, with a closing chapter on holding the U.S. accountable for its most recent invasion and occupation of Iraq. The book is well-focused but also presents the widest ranging set of topics of any book of its kind as it demonstrates how the concepts of responsibility and punishment apply to some of the most important problems of our time.

“This is one of the best books on punishment, and the Fourth Edition continues its tradition of excellence.  The book connects punishment importantly to moral responsibility and desert, and it is comprehensive in its scope, both addressing abstract, theoretical issues and applied issues as well.  The topics treated include collective responsibility, apology, forgiveness, capital punishment, and war crimes.  Highly recommended.”—John Martin Fischer, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.


Apology Capital punishment Collective responsibility Crime Criminal recidivism Forgiveness Moral responsibility theory Punishment Responsibility Retributivism VS invasion Iraq War crimes

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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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