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As a society we all accept the fact that if you do something wrong you must be held responsible for your actions and pay the consequences We all accept the concept of punishment even though we are aware that we ourselves could one day be subjected to answer for our actions While we may all be in favor of punishment in general it is often debated upon how or why we punish a criminal According to Immanuel Kants Retributivism argument the punishment must be in exact proportion to the severity of the wrongdoing Kant 585 Kant believes that crime causes the scale of justice to be imbalanced and claims that punishment restores that balance While I agree that Kants motives for punishment are reasonable I find his solution to be weak in some areas andor absurdBefore one can refute or defend a philosophical argument he must first understand it Kants concept of Retributivism is a simple one the punishment must equal the crime It is important to note that Kant defines crimes as Any transgression of the public law which makes him who commits it incapable of being a citizen Kant 586While criminals do not actually will their own punishment their rational selves will the system of laws that involves the punishment they deserve It is equally important to note that it is only the right of the sovereign as the supreme power to punish His argument accuses all other standards as being wavering and uncertain On account of other considerations involved in them they contain no principal conformable to the sentence of pure and strict justice Kant 587 Everyone has their own ideas on why a criminal should be punished Maybe it gives us a sense of security Perhaps it offers us a piece of mind In some situations punishment may be thought of as help for the criminal rehabilitation or possibly revenge Along with the vast majority Kant agrees on
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