The Rationale of Punishment

Book III

Of Privative Punishments, Or Forfeitures

Chapter V

Section II


The evils resulting from the forfeiture of the condition of father may be referred most of them to the loss of the following pleasures:---

  1. The pleasures derived frown the imagining his own existence perpetuated in that of his child. This is a pleasure of the imagination.
  2. The pleasure of having at his command, during the child's minority, the services that he may be in a condition to render. This is a pleasure of power.
  3. The pleasure of employing, in so far as it can be done without diminution, the separate property of this child. This is a pleasure referable to two sources, that of father, and of guardian (of which presently).
  4. The pleasure of filial affection, a pleasure of the moral sanction.
  5. The pleasure reflected upon him by the good repute of his child. This also is a pleasure of the moral sanction.
  6. The pleasure of advancing the happiness of his child: pleasure of benevolence or goodwill.
  7. The pleasure derived from the several unexigible services that he may hope to receive from the connections that his son, as he grows up, may form in the world. Pleasure of the moral sanction.
  8. The pleasure resulting from the sentiment of paternal power. This is a pleasure of the imagination.
  9. In some cases the pleasure derived from the expectation of becoming possessed of the whole or a part of the property the child may have acquired, or in case of his death the actual possession of such property. Pleasure in the one case of expectation founded on the pleasures derivable from the possession of wealth, in the other case from the actual possession of wealth.

[RP, Book III, Chapter V, §1] [RP, Book III, Chapter V, §3]