Punishment: The Supposed Justifications (Pelican)

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9780140550962: Punishment: The Supposed Justifications (Pelican)

-- A classic book transformed by a philosopher at his strongest --Reviews of the first edition:'Painstaking, comprehensive and unimpassioned.' Anthony Kenny, New Statesman'Bold, tough, direct style ... a pleasure to read.' Mary Warnock, Times Literary

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Ted Honderich is the Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London and the author of many books.


This book would be invaluable for anyone who wants to start thinking seriously about what justifies punishment, not only because it surveys a high proportion of the classical literature but because it connects theories in broad yet subtle ways. It adroitly anticipates the reader's objections. It combines impressive breath with meticulous dissection of ideas. Its conclusion is refreshingly iconoclastic. It contains wit and a healthy contempt for politicians. -- Metapsychology This book is something of a curiosity, an application of the reputedly nitpicking techniques of British analytical philosophy to a question of real practical importance which can easily be recognised as such. Honderich does emphasis that we cannot look at punishments in the abstract without considering the substantive laws (of property in particular) which they are intended to protect. He says, obviously rightly, that the greatest enthusiasts for punishments are believers in immutable property rights and is properly scathing about Nozick, the American rights theorist about whom Bentham's expression 'nonsense on stilts' might have been coined. -- Rory O'Kelly, Chartist Sir Isaiah Berlin's...essays...amount to more than intellectual history...The new book on punishment by Ted Honderich seems to me a very good example of philosophy in the midst of recovery -- Norman Care, The New Republic

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Ted Honderich
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (1976)
ISBN 10: 0140550968 ISBN 13: 9780140550962
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140550968

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