Zach Hoskins- Public Reason and the Justification of Punishment

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Wednesday 28th April 2021 (15:00-16:00)
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Join us for our spring research seminars of 2021. The speaker this week is Zach Hoskins, University of Nottingham. This is a Works in Progress talk from University of Nottingham faculty.

Public Reason and the Justification of Punishment

"A recent line of objection to retributivist theories of punishment is that the core commitments of retributivism could reasonably be rejected by citizens in a liberal democratic society. Thus retributivism, say the critics, is inconsistent with the philosopher John Rawls' idea of 'public reason', which holds that those engaged in shaping public policy should only appeal to reasons that all citizens could reasonably endorse.

This paper contends that the critique of retributivism is based on too restrictive an interpretation of Rawls' idea of public reason, and that in a more plausible interpretation retributivism is not ruled out."


Please note that all talks will take place virtually, not on campus. All are welcome. The seminars will take place Wednesdays at 3pm.

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