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September 10, 2020

"Punishment, Rewards and the (Relative) Importance of Desert"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Gustavo A. Beade now available via SSRN.  Here is its abstract:

Philosophers and legal theorists have long been interested in the idea of desert.  In this work I intend to demonstrate that the importance of desert is, at times, overrated, leading thinkers to adopt rather extreme positions.  I believe that the concept of desert is important in some cases, but desert is by no means central to our thinking of punishment and reward, nor should it be.  Even though the concept of desert is generally addressed in matters regarding retribution, I will argue that this concept should not be the basis upon which we build our constructs of punishment and reward.  Rather, we should consider the impact that luck has on our lives.  If we do so, those considerations would change our perception of the concept of desert.

September 10, 2020 at 11:40 AM | Permalink


My favorite desert is pie. Fruit pie.

Posted by: whatever | Sep 10, 2020 4:48:35 PM

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