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On F. H. Bradley’s “Some Remarks on Punishment”

Brooks, Thom

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Bradley’s essay marks a key historical moment in the development of penal theories. The orthodox view is that different penal goals cannot be united in a coherent framework. Bradley demonstrates that penal pluralism in a coherent theory is possible, but there remains the problem of whether it can be rendered compelling. While Bradley’s specific proposal may require revisions, his approach helps to reveal how we might construct the coherent framework we require for the penal pluralism adopted in our widely used sentencing guidelines. Bradley shows that penal pluralism can be possible. Our project is to render it more plausible.


Brooks, T. (2014). On F. H. Bradley’s “Some Remarks on Punishment”. Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy, 125(1), 223-225.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Deposit Date Feb 28, 2014
Publicly Available Date Sep 23, 2014
Journal Ethics
Print ISSN 0014-1704
Electronic ISSN 1539-297X
Publisher The University of Chicago Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 125
Issue 1
Pages 223-225


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