Penitionism In David Boonin's The Problem Of Punishment

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Have you ever wonder if there is any good justification for the policy of punishing people for breaking laws? Boonin’s definition of punishment consists of Authorized, Reprobative, Retributive, Intentional Harm. The problem of punishment incorporates three different answers. Consequentialism, which makes punishment beneficial (will do good for the people later in the future). Retributivism punishment is a fitting response to crime. As well as, the option of ‘other’ punishment can be a source of education, or expressive matter. Moreover a fourth answer can be an alternative called restitution, punishment is not necessary for social order. In The Problem of Punishment, by David Boonin deeply studies a wide range of theories that explain why the institutions is morally permitted to punish criminals. Boonin argues that no state , no-one succeeds with punishment. To make his argument stronger, he endorses abolitionism, the view …show more content…

Boonin argues that the state could ensure the minimum conditions necessary for just mutual relations between its citizens by relying on a practice of pure restitution instead of punishment. In this paper, I will argue that Boonin’s argument fails because he has a different mind set which a lot of people do not agree with. In other words, I think about punishment as a huge different way. I do not think he expresses punishment in a good way. In the book, The Problem of Punishment, by Boonin in the first chapter he talks about how to explain why the institutions are morally permitted intentionally to harm people who violates the laws. He mentioned a solution to the problem with a ‘test’. One is called under the foundational test, which a solution on only morally acceptable principles. Under the entailment

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that boonin's definition of punishment consists of authorized, reprobative, retributive, intentional harm.
  • Analyzes how boonin's book, the problem of punishment, explains why institutions are morally permitted to harm people who violate the laws.
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