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Title: Amnesia and the Justification of Punishment
Authors: McDougal, Austen
Advisors: Rosen, Gideon
Contributors: Harman, Gilbert
Department: Philosophy
Class Year: 2016
Abstract: My thesis considers whether someone should be punished less (or not at all) when she has complete memory loss of the relevant crime. Utilitarianism, rather than supporting our intuition that full punishment is somehow problematic in the case of the amnesiac, furnishes a solid defense of full punishment. Retributivism, on the other hand, does provide some reasons for mitigating punishment—namely, that the ideal goods of punishment can’t be fully achieved and that some potential evils of punishment arise in the case of the amnesiac.
Extent: 61 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Philosophy, 1924-2017

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