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. The concept is put forward as a challenge to utilitarianism and consequentialism as theories of ethics. 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.
- The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, telishment