1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment

Edited By Farah Focquaert, Elizabeth Shaw, Bruce N. Waller Copyright 2021
    428 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    428 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Philosophers, legal scholars, criminologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists have long asked important questions about punishment: What is its purpose? What theories help us better understand its nature? Is punishment just? Are there effective alternatives to punishment? How can empirical data from the sciences help us better understand punishment? What are the relationships between punishment and our biology, psychology, and social environment?  How is punishment understood and administered differently in different societies? The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment is the first major reference work to address these and other important questions in detail, offering 31 chapters from an international and interdisciplinary team of experts in a single, comprehensive volume. It covers the major theoretical approaches to punishment and its alternatives; emerging research from biology, psychology, and social neuroscience; and important special issues like the side-effects of punishment and solitary confinement, racism and stigmatization, the risk and protective factors for antisocial behavior, and victims' rights and needs. 

    The Handbook is conveniently organized into four sections:

    I. Theories of Punishment and Contemporary Perspectives

    II. Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment

    III. Sciences, Prevention, and Punishment

    IV. Alternatives to Current Punishment Practices

    A volume introduction and a comprehensive index help make The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment essential reading for upper-undergraduate and postgraduate students in disciplines such as philosophy, law, criminology, psychology, and forensic psychiatry, and highly relevant to a variety of other disciplines such as political and social sciences, behavioral and neurosciences, and global ethics. It is also an ideal resource for anyone interested in current theories, research, and programs dealing with the problem of punishment.

    Farah Focquaert, Elizabeth Shaw, and Bruce N. Waller

    Part I: Theories of Punishment and Contemporary Perspectives

    1. Theories of Punishment
    Robert Canton

    2. Retribution
    Thom Brooks

    3. Offenders as Citizens
    Antony Duff

    4. Hybrid Theories of Punishment
    Zachary Hoskins

    5. Limiting Retributivism and Individual Prevention
    Christopher Slobogin

    6. The Contours of a Utilitarian Theory of Punishment in Light of Contemporary Empirical Knowledge about the Attainment of Traditional Sentencing Objectives
    Mirko Bagaric

    7. The Restorative Justice Movement: Questioning the Rationale of Contemporary Criminal Justice
    Gerry Johnstone

    Part II: Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment

    8. Defamiliarizing Punishment
    Tom Daems

    9. The Retributive Sentiments
    Erin I. Kelly

    10. The Right to Punish
    Mike C. Materni

    11. Problem of Proportional Punishment
    Youngjae Lee

    12. The Gap
    Peter A. Alces

    13. Science and the Evolution of American Criminal Punishment
    Michele Cotton

    14. What is Wrong with Mass Incarceration?
    Chad Flanders

    Part III: Sciences, Prevention, and Punishment

    15. Punishment, Shaming, and Violence
    James Gilligan

    16. Humanizing Prison through Social Neuroscience: From the Abolition of Solitary Confinement to the Pursuit of Social Rehabilitation
    Federica Coppola

    17. Effects of Prison Crowding on Prison Misconduct and Bullying
    Ivana Sekol, David P. Farrington, and Izabela Zych

    18. Biosocial Risk Factors for Offending
    Olivia Choy

    19. Brain Abnormalities Associated with Pedophilia: Implications for Retribution and Rehabilitation
    Colleen Berryessa

    20. Current Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience and Criminal Punishment
    Corey H. Allen and Eyal Aharoni

    21. Behavioural Genetics and Sentencing
    Allan McCay

    22. Prediction, Screening and Early Intervention: A Critical Analysis
    Dorothee Horskötter

    23. Comparison of Socio-Affective Processing across Subtypes of Antisocial Psychopathology
    Scott Tillem, Shou-An Ariel Chang, and Arielle Baskin-Sommers

    24. Forensic Mental Health Treatment and Recidivism
    Daniel Whiting, Howard Ryland and Seena Fazel

    25. Recovery of Persons Labelled "Not Criminally Responsible": Recommendations Grounded in Lived Experiences
    Natalie Aga, Freya Vander Laenen and Wouter Vanderplasschen

    Part IV: Alternatives to Current Punishment Practices

    26. Punishment and Its Alternatives
    William R. Kelly

    27. Pre-Trial Detention and the Supplantating of our Adversarial System: A Case for Abolition
    Justine Olderman

    28. A Non-Punitive Alternative to Retributive Punishment
    Gregg D. Caruso and Derk Pereboom

    29. The Takings Doctrine and the Principle of Legality
    Michael Louis Corrado

    30. How to Transform a Static Security Prison into a Dynamic Organism for Change and Growth
    Arne Kvernvik Nilsen and Ekaterina Bagreeva

    31. Towards a Strengths-Based Focus in the Criminal Justice System for Drug-Using Offenders
    Charlotte Colman and Eva Blomme


    Farah Focquaert is Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at Ghent University in Belgium. She is one of the Directors of the international Justice Without Retribution Network and the Founder and Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee at The Forensic Psychiatric Centers Ghent/Antwerp in Belgium.

    Elizabeth Shaw is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She is the Founder and one of the Directors of the international Justice Without Retribution Network. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, involving criminal law, philosophy, and neuroethics.

    Bruce N. Waller is Professor of Philosophy at Youngstown State University, Ohio, USA. Among his recent books are Against Moral Responsibility (2011), The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility (2015), Restorative Free Will (2015), and The Injustice of Punishment (2018).