The desirability and feasibility of restorative justice

Victoria Mcgeer, Philip Pettit

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This article defends two main arguments. The first examines the philosophical grounds for welcoming restorative justice reforms of the penal institution, drawing on a neo-republican conception of freedom. The second argument is that, despite appearances to the contrary, these reforms would fit with what psychology suggests about our morally evolved punitive dispositions. They are not, therefore, reform proposals of a psychologically infeasible kind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-33
Number of pages17
JournalRaisons Politiques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 14 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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