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Paperback The Death Penalty: For and Against Book

ISBN: 0847686337

ISBN13: 9780847686339

The Death Penalty: For and Against

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Two distinguished social and political philosophers take opposing positions in this highly engaging work. Louis P. Pojman justifies the practice of execution by appealing to the principle of retribution while Jeffrey Reiman argues that although the death penalty is a just punishment for murder, we are not morally obliged to execute murderers.

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The best debate

Pojman & Reiman do an excellent job seting forth the best arguments for and against the death penalty. Since they both agree on the principle of desert (that justice consists ingiving peoole what thye deserve), they have a common starting assumption. Reiman differs only to he extent that he doesn't think we always must punish people to the extent they deserve and argues hat the death penalty debases us. Pojman makes a good case for the deterrent effect of the death penalty.Awell argued book.
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