The Rights of the Guilty: Punishment and Political Legitimacy

Political Theory 35 (2):175-199 (2007)
Authors
Corey Brettschneider
Brown University
Abstract
In this essay I develop and defend a theory of state punishment within a wider conception of political legitimacy. While many moral theories of punishment focus on what is deserved by criminals, I theorize punishment within the specific context of the state's relationship to its citizens. Central to my account is Rawls's “liberal principle of legitimacy,” which requires that all state coercion be justifiable to all citizens. I extend this idea to the justification of political coercion to criminals qua citizens. I argue that the liberal principle of legitimacy implicitly requires states to respect the basic political rights of those who are guilty of committing crimes, thus prohibiting capital punishment
Keywords punishment  criminal law  jurisprudence  capital punishment  rousseau  contractualism  rawls  prison  rights  desert
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0090591706297714
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

References found in this work BETA

Hypothetical Consent and Justification.Cynthia A. Stark - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (6):313.
Hobbes's Concept of Obligation.Thomas Nagel - 1959 - Philosophical Review 68 (1):68-83.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Punishment.Zachary Hoskins - 2016 - Analysis:anw022.
On the Value of Political Legitimacy.M. Coakley - 2011 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 10 (4):345-369.
Contractualism and the Death Penalty.Li Hon-Lam - 2017 - Criminal Justice Ethics 36 (2):152-182.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Justice: Metaphysical, After All? [REVIEW]Ryan W. Davis - 2011 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (2):207-222.
Political Legitimacy, Justice and Consent.John Horton - 2012 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (2):129-148.
Punishment, Communication and Community.Antony Duff - 2003 - In Derek Matravers & Jonathan E. Pike (eds.), Debates in Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology. Routledge, in Association with the Open University.
Rawls's Liberal Principle of Legitimacy.Edward Song - 2012 - Philosophical Forum 43 (2):153-173.
On the Value of Political Legitimacy.M. Coakley - 2011 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 10 (4):345-369.
The Human Right to Political Participation.Fabienne Peter - 2013 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 7 (2):1-16.
Punishment.Thom Brooks - 2012 - Routledge.
The Inseparability Thesis.Jason Wyckoff - 2010 - Southwest Philosophy Review 26 (1):51-59.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-09-23

Total views
506 ( #6,401 of 2,313,601 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
64 ( #6,250 of 2,313,601 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature