Penal coercion and the apology ritual

Antony Duff

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I sketch an alternative route to an account of criminal punishment very like Bennett's, though drawing more on a political conception of a polity and its citizens than on a moral conception of our social relations as individuals, and placing more importance than he does on the criminal trial; but I suggest that we need to revise certain important aspects of his account to explain how punishment can be justly imposed on an unwilling offender - in line with the kind of account for which I have argued, and which he criticises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-117
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 14 2012


  • Apology
  • Punishment
  • Responsibility
  • Ritual
  • Trial


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