Can the Law Do Without Retributivism? Comments on Erin Kelly’s The Limits of Blame

Criminal Law and Philosophy 15 (2):217-222 (2021)
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Erin Kelly’s The Limits of Blame presents a critique of our current overly-punitive legal system and champions a system of criminal justice that does not traffic in moral blame and is free of retributivist elements. This commentary questions the viability of such a system, and ultimately suggests that there is not much distance between a more perfect retributivist system and the kind of nuanced and humane system of criminal justice that Kelly envisions.



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