Coming Clean on Getting Even: Murphy on Hatred and Criminal Justice

Zipursky, Benjamin C.
November 2008
APA Newsletters;Fall2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, Special section p6
The author attempts to determine what law professor Jeffrie G. Murphy means in advocating coming clean on vengeful passions, and its implications on feelings of hatred, vindictiveness, and retribution. According to the author, the issue raises two types of questions, one is a metaethical question of what moral account is needed to support claims that certain emotional responses are appropriate, second is how does Murphy reconciles his retributivism with his view that victim satisfaction is not a core but a secondary benefit of criminal punishment.


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