The rights forfeiture theory of punishment

Christopher Wellmon

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    Abstract

    Punishment is notoriously difficult to justify because it involves visiting hard treatment upon those who are punished. The rights forfeiture theory of punishment contends that punishment is justified when and because the criminal has forfeited her right not to be subjected to this hard treatment. Because of a number of apparently devastating objections, this account has very few advocates. In this essay I aim to rehabilitate the rights forfeiture account by offering responses to the standard criticisms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)371-393
    Number of pages23
    JournalEthics
    Volume122
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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