Kant's Mature Theory of Punishment, and a First Critique Ideal Abolitionist Alternative

In Matthew Altman (ed.), Palgrave Kant Handbook (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
This chapter has two goals. First, I will present an interpretation of Kant’s mature account of punishment, which includes a strong commitment to retributivism. Second, I will sketch a non-retributive, “ideal abolitionist” alternative, which appeals to a version of original position deliberation in which we choose the principles of punishment on the assumption that we are as likely to end up among the punished as we are to end up among those protected by the institution of punishment. This is radical relative to Kant’s mature theory of punishment, but arguably it conforms better to the spirit of Kant’s first Critique remarks on imputation and punishment than his mature theory does.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
VILKMT
Upload history
Archival date: 2017-06-18
View other versions
Added to PP index
2017-06-18

Total views
430 ( #11,876 of 55,845 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
87 ( #7,226 of 55,845 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.