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Justice and PunishmentThe Rationale of Coercion$
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Matt Matravers

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295731.001.0001

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The Moral Community, Justified Coercion, and Punishment

The Moral Community, Justified Coercion, and Punishment

(p.237) 9 The Moral Community, Justified Coercion, and Punishment
Justice and Punishment

Matt Matravers (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Having established the nature of the moral community, this chapter examines the part played in that community by punishment. The right to punish is shown to be justified as intrinsic to morality itself. Punishment is shown to secure the conditions of moral flourishing, to communicate to the offender the wrongs that he has done to his victim and to the community, and it tries in so doing, to reinforce in the offender his commitment to morality. Punishment is thus shown to be needed for its consequences, but also to be of an offender for an offence.

Keywords:   commitment, moral community, morality, punishment, wrong

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