The Severity of Punishments

Part of the Library Of Ethics And Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 16)

In order to provide a full account of what proportionalism amounts to, and to unfold the position in such a way that it is capable of functioning as a principle governing punishment practice, it is obviously not sufficient to consider only the relative ranking of crimes in gravity. Of equal importance is the question of what it means that one punishment is more severe than another, and the challenge of providing some sort of scaling of punishments in severity. This discussion, to which we shall now turn, is from the outset complicated by the conjunction of two facts.

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Punishment Severity Plausible Account Prison Term Retributive Justice Objectivist Account 
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