Dialogues on the Ethics of Capital Punishment
One in the series New Dialogues in Philosophy, edited by the author himself, Dale Jacquette presents a fictional dialogue over a three-day period on the ethical complexities of capital punishment. Jacquette moves his readers from outlining basic issues in matters of life and death, to questions of justice and compassion, with a concluding dialogue on the conditional and un...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published December 16th 2008 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published November 28th 2008)
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Excellent book! The dialogue format both makes for an engaging read and avoids the propaganda feel of "for" and "against" tracks. This book really made me think, and helped clarify some of my beliefs. I think the whole issue of capital punishment comes down to a question of whether or not there is an unconditional right to life. This makes it interrelated with a host of other issues. For example, if I believe there is an unconditional right to life, can I ethically justify continuing to be pro-c...more