The Ends of Harm Discussion


I am very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a discussion of Chapter 12 of Victor Tadros's book The Ends of Harm (OUP, 2011) on PEA Soup, starting on Wed., November 28.  Oxford University Press has generously made this chapter available open access here.  To jumpstart discussion, Oxford Professor Cecile Fabre will provide a critical precis of the chapter (a chapter which is more or less freestanding and so is accessible to those who haven't read the rest of the book).  In it, Victor advances the "duty view" of punishment's justification, on which the permission to punish offenders is grounded in the duties that they incur in virtue of their wrongdoing.  This is a controversial yet compelling understanding of punishment, and I hope many of you will join us in the discussion of it.