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date: 19 November 2017

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This article discusses important ways of thinking about punishment. Section I discusses the history and recent past of work by philosophers and legal theorists. Section II surveys major works by social theorists, and Section III sketches work by political scientists on the day-to-day workings of criminal courts. The conclusion discusses a number of difficult issues concerning punishment that implicate all of the different ways of thinking about it.

Keywords: crime, philosophers, legal theory, social theory, political scientists, criminal courts

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