Immanuel Kant's Theory Of Punishment?

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In the eyes to many philosopher’s punishment is seen as a correction method. Regardless of the crime committed, it is still viewed as pain inflicted upon another. Whether it is verbal, physical or emotional. Every state has their own ideologies about why and how an individual should be punished for their crimes. Furthermore, philosophers Immanuel Kant and Jeremy Bentham propose the theories of punishment for how to deal with intentional crimes. This paper examines both theories as well as relates them to the modern world, as well as proving that Immanuel Kant’s theory of punishment is much more ideal when looking at celebrity influences and man’s personal autonomy.
Punishment can be applied based on your past actions or your future protentional. This is the idea of backwards and forwards looking arguments. To elaborate, backward looking
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For example, we do not cheer and applaud serial killers for the deaths and pain they cause people. We punish them based upon those actions that are considered morally and ethically wrong in society. If an individual chooses to walk down that pathway then they must be prepared to face the consequences that follows along with it. In relation to Kant, he would agree that if someone hurts you its okay for them to now suffer (Grelette 11/22/2017).
To recap, philosopher Jeremy Bentham believed that punishment should focus on the beneficial outcome, when targeting the person with the highest social status. It is better to scare society into avoiding the crime. Whereas Immanuel Kant would argue stating, it does not matter who you are, you should still feel the repercussions of your actions. It is important to be aware of the pain targeted towards others. Both these authors have strong arguments about who should be punished and why, but if I had to choose a philosopher to follow up with it would be Immanuel

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