Unformatted text preview: Hamilton. New York: Penguin Books, 1960. pp.59-75. Because justice is a moral physician and cures men of their excesses and makes them better people...Then the happiest man is the man who has no badness in his soul, since this has been shown to be the worst of all bad things... And the next happiest is the man who is cured... That is to say, the man who undergoes reproof and chastisement and is punished for his faults.... And the worst life is the life of the man who continues in wickedness and is not cured. The Greatest punishment that of living with the immorality of a crime Plato. Gorgias. Trans. Walter Hamilton. New York: Penguin Books, 1960. pp.59-75. Then again, take the converse situation.' Suppose that it is ever right for a man to inflict injury on an enemy or on anyone else, provided of course that he runs no risk of being injured himself by the enemy -- that is a point one must be on one's guard against. On that hypothesis, if the enemy injures a third party, one must clearly make every effort, both in speech and action, to prevent his being brought to book and coming before the judge at all; if that is impossible one must contrive that he gets off unpunished. If he has stolen a lot of money he must not pay it back, but keep it and spend it on himself and his family without regard to God or man; if he has committed crimes for which the penalty is death he must not be executed. The most desirable thing would be that he should never die, but live for ever in an immortality of crime; the next best that he should live as long as possible in that condition. LOCKE SUPPORTS PUNISHMENT Hugo Adam Bedau, Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, Feinberg's Liberal Theory of Punishment, SYMPOSIUM THE MORAL LIMITS OF THE CRIMINAL LAW: 2001 Of all the topics that constitute social (and political and legal) philosophy, punishment - its rationale, nature, methods, purposes, and occasions - looms large if not largest. We see this implicitly in no less a thinker than John Locke. In the opening chapter to his Second Treatise of Government, Locke defines "...
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