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The main object of the investigation is that of the basis and the goal of punishment considered from a critical standpoint vis-á-vis the right to punish. Given the depth and diversity of approaches, an interdisciplinary perspective is adopted when dealing with punishment in general, whilst developing punishment in spheres distinct from Criminal Law. The need for a multidimensional focus on the punishment topic stems from the theme's very depth and complexity. In the future, punishment should be seen as something to view not solely from a criminological or legal perspective, but rather as a complex, social institution in both its function and its meaning, which, studied with sufficient care and attention reflects a form of life that brings with it a clarity of analysis as to the type of society in which it is imposed and as to the people which compose it.

Keywords: criminal law; interdisciplinary perspective; multidimensional focus; punishment; social institution



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