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NCJ Number: 99739 Find in a Library
Title: Hegel on Crime and Punishment
Journal: American Political Science Review  Volume:77  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1983)  Pages:858-870
Author(s): P J Steinberger
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Hegel's theory of crime and punishment is tested by raising against it three difficult questions: Why must we punish the criminal? Must the punishment fit the crime? Is insanity an acceptable defense?
Abstract: It is argued that a Hegelian approach can generate plausible answers to these questions, answers that help to explain and justify a number of our own morally implicated practices. It is further argued that Hegel's method of arriving at such answers is by no means alien to those employed by contemporary analytic philosophers. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Crime Causes; Insanity defense; Just deserts theory; Punishment; Theory
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