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The Punisher's Brain

The Evolution of Judge and Jury

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Why do we punish, and why do we forgive? Are these learned behaviors, or is there something deeper going on? This book argues that there is indeed something deeper going on, and that our essential response to the killers, rapists, and other wrongdoers among us has been programmed into our brains by evolution. Using evidence and arguments from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, Morris B. Hoffman traces the development of our innate drives to punish - and to forgive - throughout human history. He describes how, over time, these innate drives became codified into our present legal systems and how the responsibility and authority to punish and forgive was delegated to one person - the judge - or a subset of the group - the jury. Hoffman shows how these urges inform our most deeply held legal principles and how they might animate some legal reforms.

Product code: 9781107038066

ISBN 9781107038066
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS28
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. Of Pages 368
Series Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society
Using evidence and arguments from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, Morris B. Hoffman traces the development of deeply held legal principles throughout human evolution, describing how the drives to punish and forgive became codified into our legal system, and the responsibility for punishing and forgiving assigned to a judge and jury.