The Public Interest

Pro & Con: Of Rawls, Responsibility, and Retribution

Alexander E. Rawls & Stanley C. Brubaker

Spring 1990

STANLEY Brubaker believes that we should not make excuses for criminals [”In Praise of Punishment,” Fall 1989], and I agree with him. But his attempt to characterize John Rawls as a philosopher who does not hold people responsible for their actions, or give them credit for their achievements, is simply wrong.

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