Dialogues on the Ethics of Capital Punishment (New Dialogues by Dale Jacquette

By Dale Jacquette

One within the sequence New Dialogues in Philosophy, edited via the writer himself, Dale Jacquette offers a fictional discussion over a three-day interval at the moral complexities of capital punishment. Jacquette strikes his readers from outlining easy concerns in issues of existence and demise, to questions of justice and compassion, with a concluding discussion at the conditional and unconditional correct to existence. Jacquette's characters speak evidently and thoughtfully concerning the dying penalty, and readers are left to figure out for themselves how top to contemplate the morality of placing humans to dying.

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The criminal who takes a life isn’t on a par with someone who has been victimized. The criminal chooses to kill or rape or hurt another person. We as a society have the opportunity through the just application of the law to make it clear that we do not accept and will not tolerate that kind of crime, that the lives and happiness of the persons who are affected by violence matter to us, that they are more important than those who try to place themselves above the law by ignoring the most basic rules of decent human conduct.

P: We’re together on that too. If we didn’t share this attitude, then I suppose there’d be no real point in discussing the issue. I imagine that if either of us thought we knew beyond the possibility of a shadow of a doubt that we were right, we might still try to help each other to see the light. But the fact is, we’re now convinced but not inflexible in our convictions that we each have the right answers and that these answers are logically opposed. C: All true. With that foundation to work with, I think we can now proceed to sharpen our differences and see if we can’t work our way toward some more satisfying answer.

P: What kind of spiritual values do you have in mind? ” It was published as a contribution to First Things: The Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life. I brought a copy along just for our discussion today. Cardinal Dulles explains that in the Old Testament, there were many kinds of offenses that were punished by the death penalty. He points out that the law of Moses speaks of thirty-six capital offenses for which execution by stoning, burning, decapitation, or strangulation is prescribed.

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