The Rationale of Punishment
Of Privative Punishments, Or Forfeitures
THE PATERNAL CONDITION.
The evils resulting from the forfeiture of the condition of father may
be referred most of them to the loss of the following pleasures:---
The pleasures derived frown the imagining his own existence
perpetuated in that of his child. This is a pleasure of the
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.
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
The pleasure of filial affection, a pleasure of the moral sanction.
The pleasure reflected upon him by the good repute of his
child. This also is a pleasure of the moral sanction.
The pleasure of advancing the happiness of his child: pleasure of
benevolence or goodwill.
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.
The pleasure resulting from the sentiment of paternal power. This
is a pleasure of the imagination.
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]