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Punishment and therapy : a progressive synthesis

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dc.contributor.advisor Van den Berg, M. E. S.
dc.contributor.advisor Wilkinson, Jennifer Ruth Wolf, Markus Johann 2009-08-25T10:48:54Z 2009-08-25T10:48:54Z 2002-11
dc.identifier.citation Wolf, Markus Johann (2002) Punishment and therapy : a progressive synthesis, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The moral justification of punishment is the fundamental concern of this thesis. It is argued that a moral response to crime has to be a civilised response; therefore, the notion of "civility" is defined and discussed. Punishment is then defended in such a way that it accords with being a civilised response to crime. It is argued that in order to be such a response, and thereby qualify as a moral response, punishment must have a certain structure, i.e. it must fulfil seven necessary conditions, which, it is argued, together constitute the sufficient condition for morally justified punishment. In arguing for each of the necessary conditions, different onedimensional theories of punishment are dealt with (retributivism, utilitarianism, deterrence theory, rehabilitationism, a paternalistic theory of punishment, and restitutionalism}, indicating that each fulfils some of the criteria for morally justified punishment. None of the onedimensional theories fulfils all the necessary conditions, however, and hence none on its own fulfils the sufficient condition for morally justified punishment. This is not to argue that a straightforward theory could never on its own fulfil the conditions for morally justified punishment, but I have not been able to conceive how this could be done. The theory I here present is therefore a hybrid approach, incorporating elements of all the above-mentioned theories into a unitary theory. In doing so, it fulfils all the necessary conditions for being a civilised response to crime, thereby fulfilling the sufficient condition too, and hence providing a morally defensible account of punishment. Finally, the question of how this theory can be put into practice is addressed. Because the objective of punishment ought to be a civilised response, thereby benefiting both society as a whole and those being punished and rehabilitated, the thesis may be seen as a progressive synthesis of the various approaches examined. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 339 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Punishment en
dc.subject Justified punishment's necessary condition en
dc.subject Justified punishment's sufficient condition en
dc.subject Therapy en
dc.subject Rehabilitation en
dc.subject Civilised response en
dc.subject Backward-lookin theory en
dc.subject Forward-looking theory en
dc.subject Hybrid approach to crime en
dc.subject Retributivism en
dc.subject Utilitarianism en
dc.subject Deterrence theory en
dc.subject Rehabilitationism en
dc.subject Paternalism en
dc.subject Restitutionalism en
dc.subject.ddc 364.601
dc.subject.lcsh Punishment -- Philosophy en
dc.subject.lcsh Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- Philosophy en
dc.title Punishment and therapy : a progressive synthesis en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology D. Litt. et Phil. (Philosophy)

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