Values File

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Unformatted text preview: ;political power" as "a Right of making Laws with Penalties of Death, and consequently all less Penalties... ." PUNISHMENT IS A MORAL MESSAGE Hugo Adam Bedau, Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, Feinberg's Liberal Theory of Punishment, SYMPOSIUM THE MORAL LIMITS OF THE CRIMINAL LAW: 2001 Feinberg devotes a handful of pages n117 to explaining and criticizing the notion that punishment (in the words of one of its advocates, Jean Hampton) is "a moral message" aimed across the society to teach everyone "the immorality of the offense." n118 To put it another way, the idea is that the chief justifying function of a regimen of punishment is to educate the public into compliance with the law (insofar as the laws themselves are morally deserving of our respect) out of internal moral reasons rather than out of external nonmoral factors. SLHS Value File Punishment Bad Punishment itself is intrinsically evil. Russell L. Christopher; Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University, College of Law (Spring 2002); Assistant Professor of Law, University of Tulsa, College of Law (Fall 2002); Northwestern University Law Review; Spring, 2002. Punishment involves the deliberate infliction of pain, suffering, and deprivation, which is prima facie wrong. n35 So too, committing homicide or causing grievous bodily damage, under ordinary circumstances, is prima facie wrong. But just as the prima facie wrong of homicide may be justified or negated when committed under circumstances of self-defense as a response to a criminal attack, so also the state's infliction of the suffering and deprivation [*853] constituting punishment may be susceptible to justification as a response to the commission of a crime. SLHS Value File Racism, Obligations to Stop Racism in every instance must be eradicated or it will inevitably destroy us Barndt, Joseph, Dismantling Racism: The Continuing Challenge to White America, p. 155-56, 1991. To study racism is to study walls. We have looked at barriers and fences and limitations, ghettos and prisons. The p...
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