Kant's theory of punishment: Deterrence in its threat, retribution in its execution

@article{Byrd1989KantsTO,
  title={Kant's theory of punishment: Deterrence in its threat, retribution in its execution},
  author={B. Byrd},
  journal={Law and Philosophy},
  year={1989},
  volume={8},
  pages={151-200}
}
  • B. Byrd
  • Published 1989
  • Sociology
  • Law and Philosophy
Kant's theory of punishment is commonly regarded as purely retributive in nature, and indeed much of his discourse seems to support that interpretation. Still, it leaves one with certain misgivings regarding the internal consistency of his position. Perhaps the problem lies not in Kant's inconsistency nor in the senility sometimes claimed to be apparent in the Metaphysic of Morals, but rather in a superimposed, modern yet monistic view of punishment. Historical considerations tend to show that… Expand
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