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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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Retributivism I: Fair Play Theory

Retributivism I: Fair Play Theory

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Justice and Punishment

Matt Matravers (Contributor Webpage)

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A recent attempt to revive retributive theories of punishment, pioneered by Herbert Morris and Jeffrie Murphy, argues that punishment restores the balance of benefits and burdens in a society; a balance that is disturbed by crime. Classic and contemporary statements of this position are examined and rejected. The conclusion is that fair‐play theory, with its emphasis on free riding, does not have an adequate account of ‘wrong’.

Keywords:   crime, fair‐play theory, free riding, Herbert Morris, Jeffrie Murphy, punishment, retributivism, wrongness

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