PHIL 3475

PHIL 3475

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16881PHIL 3475  LEC 001

  • This course addresses central debates in the philosophy of legal punishment. We will analyze the leading theories of punishment, including the familiar retributivist and deterrent alternatives, as well as lesser-known hybrid, self-defense, and rehabilitative accounts. We will ask whether each theory offers a general justification for establishing institutions of punishment, and whether each theory justifies specific acts of punishment. Other topics may include criminal responsibility, the legitimacy of collateral consequences (e.g., the denial of felons’ voting rights), alternatives to punishment, etc.