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An Expressive Theory of Punishment


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy book series (PASEPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Paradigmatic Case

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Non-Paradigmatic Punishments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Bill Wringe
      Pages 91-110
    3. Bill Wringe
      Pages 111-130
    4. Bill Wringe
      Pages 131-153
    5. Bill Wringe
      Pages 154-177
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 178-188

About this book


This book argues that punishment's function is to communicate a message about an offenders' wrongdoing to society at large. It discusses both 'paradigmatic' cases of punishment, where a state punishes its own citizens, and non-paradigmatic cases such as the punishment of corporations and the punishment of war criminals by international tribunals.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

About the authors

Bill Wringe is Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford, St Andrews and Leeds, and has published widely on a range of topics in ethics, political philosophy and the philosophy of mind, including collective intentionality and obligation, punishment, emotion and perceptual states.

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