Telishment is a term coined by John Rawls to illustrate a problem of the utilitarian view of punishment. Telishment is an act by the authorities of punishing a suspect in order to deter future wrongdoers, even though they know that the suspect is in fact innocent. If supporters of these theories believe in the effectiveness of telishment as a deterrent, opponents claim that they must bite the bullet and also hold that telishment is ethically justified.
- Audi, Robert, ed. (1995). The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 791–792. ISBN 0-521-40224-7.