Multilateral Retributivism

Justifying Change

  • Richard R. Eva
Keywords: philosophy, multilateral retributivism, justice

Abstract

In this paper I argue for a theory of punishment I call Multilateral Retributivism. Typically retributive notions of justice are unilateral: focused on one person’s desert. I argue that our notions of desert are multilateral: multiple people are owed when a moral crime is committed. I argue that the purpose of punishment is communication with the end-goal of reconciling the offender to society. This leads me to conclude that the death penalty and life without parole are unjustified because they necessarily cut communication short.

Published
2015-04-18
How to Cite
Eva, R. R. (2015). Multilateral Retributivism: Justifying Change. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 8(1), 65-70. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/article/view/1899
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