Richard Dagger (in this issue) provides perhaps the most persuasive version of a 'fair play' theory of criminal punishment, grounded in an attractive liberal republican political theory. But, I argue, his version of the theory still faces serious objections: that its explanation of why some central mala in se are properly criminalised is still distorting, despite his appeal to the burdens of 'general compliance'; and that it cannot adequately explain (as it should explain) the differential seriousness and wrongfulness of different kinds of crime.
- Criminal punishment
- Fair play theory
- Mala in se and mala prohibita