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ARISTOTELIAN PENALTIES: ACTION-CENTRED RECTIFICATION AND CHARACTER-CENTRED PUNISHMENT

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This article offers an account of Aristotle's penology that is sensitive to his corrective justice (EN V.4) and the archon counterexamples (opening of EN V.5). By emphasizing the rectificatory nature of corrective justice, I argue for its independence from its distributive counterpart and its contrast, both formal and functional, with Pythagorean reciprocity. After criticizing the various justifications of the archon counterexamples, I propose a rĂ´le-based justification that is compatible with Aristotelian corrective justice. By eliminating the inconsistency between corrective justice and the archon counterexamples, I distinguish between different types of penalty in Aristotle, action-centred rectification and character-centred punishment, as well as their respective domains and functions.
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Keywords: Aristotle; archon counterexamples; corrective justice; punishment; rectification; rehabilitation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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