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The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment

ISBN 9781138580626
Published October 15, 2020 by Routledge
428 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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).