DFW Philosophy group December topic: justice and punishment

From: David V.
Sent on: Thursday, December 18, 2008 6:07 PM
Here are the questions we will discuss tonight:

Justice and punishment

I want to examine the philosophical and political basis for the concept of punishment. In particular, I want to ask whether there is any moral basis for it from an individual and political perspective.

Some questions:

  • What is the difference between punishment and vengeance?
  • What is the difference and the relation, if any, between criminal punishment and discipline (for example, of children) ?
  • What is the role of punishment in a judicial system?
  • What is the relation of punishment to (a) incapacitation (b) deterrence (c) restoration (d) education/rehabilitation?


Some reading material:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punishment
http://forum.objectivismonline.net/index.php?showtopic=13415

(Don't forget - we meet just inside the store, by the cafe area.)

For more details, see the full listing:
http://www.meetup.com/ExaminedLife/calendar/9204023/

When: December 18,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Half-Price Books
5803 E. Northwest Hwy.
Dallas, TX 75231
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You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/ExaminedLife/suggestion/

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