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Mercy

Abstract:
Mercy is a form of charity towards wrongdoers that justifies punishing them less severely than they deserve according to justice. Three main objections to mercy, or its exercise by organs of the state - that it is irrational, unjust and procedurally unfair - are addressed in the course of defending mercy as a value that has a place in deliberation about criminal punishment. The paper draws on both the communicative theory of punishment and aspects of existing legal practice in mounting this defence.
Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1111/j.0066-7372.2003.00066.x

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Corpus Christi College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Journal website
Volume:
103
Issue:
1
Pages:
101-132
Publication date:
2003-12-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1467-9264
ISSN:
0066-7374
URN:
uuid:15312a1b-3139-4968-bfc2-1b804f40a03e
Local pid:
ora:1532

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