Campus Units

Political Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

The Journal of Politics

Volume

72

Issue

3

First Page

720

Last Page

732

DOI

10.1017/s0022381610000125

Abstract

Locke’s theory of punishment initially appears to be a confused combination of retributive considerations that base punishment on desert and forward-looking considerations that base punishment on future benefits. A more coherent theory emerges, however, if his argument is set in its historical context and compared with that of Grotius, Hobbes, and Pufendorf. Locke rejected retributivism in all but its weakest version and grounded punishment in two distinct rationales, protection of society and restitution for victims. In doing so, Locke’s theory challenges the dichotomy between forward-looking and backward-looking rationales and contemporary conceptions of the domain of ‘‘punishment.’’

Comments

This article is published as Tuckness, Alex. "Retribution and restitution in Locke’s theory of punishment." The Journal of Politics 72, no. 3 (2010): 720-732.. doi: 10.1017/s0022381610000125. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Southern Political Science Association`

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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