PHI 372-C SU11- Ethics of Punishment

Phil 227 is devoted to the philosophy of punishment. What is the philosophy of punishment? Think of it this way: virtually every society that has ever existed imposes rules on the people who live in it. If you break those rules, something bad will happen to you. That's punishment. But the funny thing about punishment that makes it worth examining in a critical way is that it typically involves things being done to rule-breakers that would be quite wrong in a different context.