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Is Bradley a Retributivist?

Brooks, Thom

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Perhaps the least controversial area of F.H. Bradley's writings relates to his views on punishment. Commentators universally recognize Bradley's theory of punishment as a retributivist theory of punishment. This article challenges the received wisdom. I argue that Bradley does not endorse retributivism as commonly understood. Instead, he defends the view that punishment is non-retributivist and serves the end of societal maintenance. Moreover, Bradley defends this view consistently from Ethical Studies to later work on punishment. Instead of holding a theory of punishment largely unique amongst British Idealists of his time, Bradley's views on punishment are far more consistent than previously thought.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2012
Publicly Available Date May 1, 2013
Journal History of Political Thought
Print ISSN 0143-781X
Publisher Imprint Academic
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 83-95
Keywords Punishment, Retribution, Unified theory.
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1493126
Publisher URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/hpt/2011/00000032/00000001/art00005

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