Retribution, Justice, and Therapy

Essays in the Philosophy of Law

  • Jeffrie G. Murphy

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Rights, Justice, and the Social Contract

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 58-73
  3. Punishment and Responsibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
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      Pages 77-81
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      Pages 82-92
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      Pages 93-115
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      Pages 116-127
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      Pages 128-143
  4. Therapeutic Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
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      Pages 147-158
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  5. Death and the Supreme Court

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Jeffrie G. Murphy
      Pages 205-222
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      Pages 223-249
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 250-256

About this book


One might legitimately ask what reasons other than vanity could prompt an author to issue a collection of his previously published essays. The best reason, I think, is the belief that the essays hang together in such a way that, as a book, they produce a whole which is in a sense greater than the sum of its parts. When this happens, as I hope it does in the present case, it is because the essays pursue related themes in such a way that, together, they at least form a start toward the development of a systematic theory on the common foundations supporting the particular claims in the particular articles. With respect to this collection, the essays can all be read as particular ways of pursuing the following general pattern of thought: that a commitment to justice and a respect for rights (and not social utility) must be the foundation of any morally acceptable legal order; that a social contractarian model is the best way to illuminate this foundation; that a retributive theory of punish­ ment is the only theory of punishment resting on such a foundation and thus is the only morally acceptable theory of punishment; that the twentieth century's faddish movement toward a "scientific" or therapeutic response to crime runs grave risks of undermining the foundations of justice and rights on which the legal order ought to rest; and, finally, that the legitimate worry about the tendency of the behavioral sciences to undermine the values of


Marx justice philosophy of law responsibility retributivism

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeffrie G. Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0999-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9461-4
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