Concept Nest is a Website which aims to share important ideas that arise in philosophy, ethics, rational choice theory, and economics.

These fields often use technical concepts that can be forbidding to learn and master. This website collects simple illustrations and introductory videos, to make these important topics more widely understood.

The author is Toby Handfield, an academic at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Retributivist punishment

Retributive accounts of punishment are frequently contrasted with consequentialist accounts. One helpful way to understand the difference is to explore the metaphor that retributivism is in some sense “backwards looking”. That is, retributivists pay attention to what happened in the past, in working out what sort of punishment is deserved. That idea sounds like common sense, doesn't it?

The Difference Principle

Temporal discounting