Single Idea 2380

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / D. Justice / 3. Punishment / a. Right to punish]

Full Idea

We are forbidden to inflict punishment with any other design than for correction of the offender, or direction of others.

Gist of Idea

Punishment should only be for reform or deterrence


Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan [1651], 1.15)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Leviathan', ed/tr. Macpherson,C.B. [Penguin 1981], p.210