Are there any other philosophical reasons other than social order that support punishment? It seems to me that punishment is always unjust because no one can be evil. One can become evil in one of two ways, either they are that way by nature or molded by their evnvironment. In other words, in the sense of actions we are not free but we are free. In any given circumstance we can choose to do a or b, but we will pick the choice that either nature or environment instilled us to do (a). However we could still choose be, but we can't, we no matter what have to choose what our nature or environment has programmed us to pick. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone so let me know if it doesnt. Being that our choices are outside our control in any given situation, how can we be at fault? If we are not at fault how can we punish? How could God punish? Social order was the one idea that popped into my head, but it seems quite unjust punishing someone for something that is not their fault unless of course justice is social order. If anyone needs it, ill elaborate on why we are not at fault. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!