Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 863–877 | Cite as

Must Punishment Be Intended to Cause Suffering?

  • Bill WringeEmail author


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.


Punishment Expressive theories of punishment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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