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Responsibility and Atonement$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198248490.001.0001

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Punishment

Punishment

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(p.93) 6 Punishment
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Responsibility and Atonement
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198248490.003.0007

If a wrongdoer does not make reparation, a victim has the right to take reparation from him (of more value than the original loss), which will constitute punishment. Explicitly or implicitly, however, people may hand over their right to punish to the state. Neither the victim nor the state has any obligation to punish, but there are normally good utilitarian reasons for punishing— prevention, deterrence, and reform.

Keywords:   deterrence, Kant, Locke, prevention, punishment, reform, victim

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