By William Wringe
This publication argues that punishment's functionality is to speak a message approximately an offenders' wrongdoing to society at huge. It discusses either 'paradigmatic' situations of punishment, the place a nation punishes its personal voters, and non-paradigmatic instances akin to the punishment of firms and the punishment of conflict criminals by way of overseas tribunals.
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Additional resources for An Expressive Theory of Punishment
Punishment, Harsh Treatment and Suffering 25 can express a form of censure which is ‘symbolically adequate’ to the offense: because it does so, the offender is compelled, as Bennett puts it ‘to undertake proportionate apologetic action as a way of undoing public wrong’. 21 If an expressivist conception of punishment is correct, punishing someone need not involve an intention to cause suffering. Or so, at any rate, I shall claim. I shall argue that although punishment must involve harsh treatment, it does not follow from a form of treatment’s being harsh that imposing it must involve the intentional imposition of suffering.
For our purposes it will be enough that Grice’s conditions provide sufficient conditions for meaning. 16 Nozick claims that many instances of punishment involve cases where an agent inflicting a penalty on an offender intends that the offender come to believe that their action was wrong and that they should recognize that the punishment has been inflicted on them in order that they should come to believe that their action was wrong. He also suggests, more controversially that they may involve inflicting pain with the intention that the offender recognize that the punishment has been inflicted on them in order to make them believe their action was wrong and have this recognition as part of their reason for believing that their action was wrong.
These principles are both general and plausible. So the characterization of harsh treatment offered here is distinct from Hanna’s. On the other hand it is a characterization on which punishment typically will cause suffering, and on which the fact that it does so is non-accidental. In the normal course of events, not every individual on whom punishment is inflicted will be an atypical individual of their kind. Admittedly, there is no logical bar to its being the case that every individual on whom punishment is inflicted should be an atypical individual of their kind.
An Expressive Theory of Punishment by William Wringe