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Corporal Punishment: A Philosophical Assessment

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2018.02.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Patrick Lenta, Corporal Punishment: A Philosophical Assessment, Routledge, 2018, 239pp., $140.00, ISBN 9781138079991. Reviewed by Geoffrey Scarre, Durham University "Beating," wrote Locke at the turn of the eighteenth century, "and all other sorts of slavish and corporal punishments, are not the discipline fit to be used in the education of those we would have wise, good, and ingenuous men."[1] Patrick Lenta agrees, finding it unacceptable that in the twenty-first century there are still "reasonable people who consider the corporal punishment of children permissible" (12). The "over-arching ambition" of the present book is to persuade them to change their minds. In this highly readable study, Lenta presents a powerful moral critique of corporal punishment, supporting his philosophical arguments with a range of empirical studies by psychologists and social scientists on the effects of... Read More

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