Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2022 Samantha C Bloomfield
Retributivism makes two claims: the guilty deserve to be punished in proportion to their culpability, and the innocent deserve not to be punished. Through a discussion of our ineliminable susceptibility to luck, our inability to avoid epistemic fallibility, and the implications of either accepting or not accepting Ought Implies Can, I aim to identify retributivism as an inept moral theory.
Bloomfield, Samantha, "A Criticism of Retributivism: Identifying the Unavoidable and Undesirable Consequences of Accepting of Not Accepting “Ought Implies Can”" (2022). Scripps Senior Theses. 1854.