Repentance, Mercy, and Communicative Punishment

Jeffrie G. Murphy

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    2 Scopus citations


    This chapter challenges Antony Duff's claim that mercy given because of offender repentance is a value extrinsic to criminal punishment and, except perhaps in very rare cases, has no bearing on retributive desert - a core concept in Duff's communicative theory of punishment. It explores several senses of retributive desert and argues that offender repentance is intrinsic to all of them.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationCrime, Punishment, and Responsibility
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Jurisprudence of Antony Duff
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191729034
    ISBN (Print)9780199592814
    StatePublished - Sep 22 2011


    • Communicative punishment
    • Mercy
    • Remorse
    • Repentance
    • Retribution
    • Sentencing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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