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Is Bradley a retributivist ?

Brooks, Thom (2011) 'Is Bradley a retributivist ?', History of political thought., 32 (1). pp. 83-95.


Perhaps the least controversial area of F.H. Bradley's writings relates to his views on punishment. Commentators universally recognize Bradley's theory of punishment as a retributivist theory of punishment. This article challenges the received wisdom. I argue that Bradley does not endorse retributivism as commonly understood. Instead, he defends the view that punishment is non-retributivist and serves the end of societal maintenance. Moreover, Bradley defends this view consistently from Ethical Studies to later work on punishment. Instead of holding a theory of punishment largely unique amongst British Idealists of his time, Bradley's views on punishment are far more consistent than previously thought.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Punishment, Retribution, Unified theory.
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Date deposited:01 May 2013
Date of first online publication:2011
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