Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 863–877

Must Punishment Be Intended to Cause Suffering?

Authors

    • Department of PhilosophyBilkent University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10677-012-9388-x

Cite this article as:
Wringe, B. Ethic Theory Moral Prac (2013) 16: 863. doi:10.1007/s10677-012-9388-x

Abstract

It has recently been suggested that the fact that punishment involves an intention to cause suffering undermines expressive justifications of punishment. I argue that while punishment must involve harsh treatment, harsh treatment need not involve an intention to cause suffering. Expressivists should adopt this conception of harsh treatment.

Keywords

PunishmentExpressive theories of punishment

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