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Is Kant a retributivist?

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The label ‘retributive’ has been sloppily attached to Kant. Kant is wrongly said to give a deontological theory of legal punishment, or to be a paradigmatic ‘bold retributivist’. By exploring precisely in what sense we can speak of Kant as a retributivist I hope at the very least to have promoted a more accurate understanding of his theory of legal punishment, an understanding that is not obfuscated by a loose label.

Keywords: Kant; legal punishment; paradigmatic; retributivist; theory of legal punishment

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Stanford University.

Publication date: 1996-01-01

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