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Adding Suffering to Suffering: Justice, Punishment and Repentance

Wed 19 September, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour

John Tasioulas explores philosophical arguments around justice. What is justice? Perhaps a way of finding out is by thinking about which wrongs are injustices, and what the relationship between justice and punishment is. Is punishment justified as a way of preventing future injustices, or does justice require that those guilty of wrongs be punished irrespective of future consequences? Tasioulas asks whether we should think of punishment in a modern liberal state as aiming to bring about repentance on the part of wrong-doers, and if a wrong-doer has already repented, should we then temper the punishment that justice requires with mercy?

Professor John Tasioulas is the inaugural Chair of Politics, Philosophy and Law, and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law at King’s College London. He has held past appointments at Glasgow, Oxford and UCL and has been a visitor at Melbourne, ANU, Harvard, and Chicago. His philosophical work in recent years has focused on human rights, international law and punishment.

Tickets £7 (concessions £5)

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