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Punishment, Responsibility, and Justice: A Relational Critique

Alan Norrie


This book builds upon previous work in the philosophy of punishment and criminal law to develop a critique of Kantian justice thinking. It casts a new light on recent debates about punishment and the criminal law in a period when traditional thinking has undergone opposition, crisis, and change. The retributive and ‘orthodox subjectivist’ approaches, which have driven the textbook tradition and law reform for forty years, are challenged. A revisionist critique opposes their Kantian insistence on formal individual autonomy from both a communitarian position on punishment and a morally substanti ... More

Keywords: Kantian justice, punishment, criminal law, power, legal theory, blaming relation, responsibility, criminal justice, Kantianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198259565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Norrie, author
King’s College, London