Fairness-Based Retributivism Reconsidered

Criminal Law and Philosophy 11 (3):481-498 (2017)

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In this paper, I defend fairness-based retributivism against two important objections, the no-benefit objection and the social injustice objection. I argue that the theory can defeat the no-benefit objection by developing an account of how crimes can be sources of unfairness by inflicting losses on people, and that it can blunt the social injustice objection by toning down the theory’s distributive aspirations. I conclude that fairness-based retributivism, contrary to received wisdom, merits further attention from legal and political philosophers.
Keywords Fairness  Fair play  Political obligation  Punishment  Retributivism
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DOI 10.1007/s11572-015-9382-1
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