Deterrent Punishment in Utilitarianism


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Steven Sverdlik
Southern Methodist University
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This is a presentation of the utilitarian approach to punishment. It is meant for students. The first section discusses Bentham's psychological hedonism. The second briefly criticizes it. The third section explains abstractly how utilitarianism would determine of the right amount of punishment. The fourth section applies the theory to some cases, and brings out how utilitarianism could favor punishments more or less severe than the lex talionis.
Keywords punishment  utilitarianism  Bentham  Beccaria  deterrence  lex talionis  psychological hedonism
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