Social Theory and Practice 29 (2):325-341 (2003)

Linda Radzik
Texas A&M University
The recent literature on criminal justice has yielded an intriguing suggestion: that someone who does wrong has a right to make amends. In this essay, I evaluate arguments for and against this claim with regard to cases of both criminal wrongdoing and private wrongs. I conclude that the balance of arguments speaks in favor of a right to make amends. This conclusion has ramifications for the just design of criminal sanctions, and these will also be addressed here.
Keywords punishment  amends  atonement  crime  reparations  restitution  corrective justice
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0037-802X
DOI soctheorpract200329216
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,581
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Is There a Right to Be Forgiven?Luke Maring - 2020 - Philosophia (3):1-15.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Do Wrongdoers Have a Right to Make Amends?Linda Radzik - 2003 - Social Theory and Practice 29 (2):325-41.
Making Amends.Linda Radzik - 2004 - American Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2):141-54.
Offenders, the Making of Amends and the State.Linda Radzik - 2007 - In Gerry Johnstone & Daniel W. van Ness (eds.), Handbook of Restorative Justice. pp. 192--207.
Giving Wrongdoers What They Deserve.Steven Sverdlik - 2016 - The Journal of Ethics 20 (4):385-399.
The Fleck Affair: Fashionsv.Heritage.John Wettersten - 1991 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34 (4):475-498.
Making Amends.Joan B. Silk - 1998 - Human Nature 9 (4):341-368.
Affirmative Action and the Choice of Amends.George Hull - 2015 - Philosophia 43 (1):113-134.


Added to PP index

Total views
10 ( #882,000 of 2,461,415 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #448,382 of 2,461,415 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes