Eye For An Eye? / Edition 2

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The death penalty issue has become the epitome of the unresolvable issue, the question which people answer on the basis of gut reactions rather than logical arguments. In the second edition of An Eye for an Eye? Stephen Nathanson evaluates arguments for and against the death penalty, and ultimately defends an abolitionist position to the controversial practice, including arguments that show how and why the dealth penalty is inconsistent with respect for life and a commitment to justice. A timely new postscript and an updated bibliography accompany the volume.

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With the grounds for appeal running out for those on death row and the pace of executions quickening, Nathanson examines the philosophical and moral arguments for and against the death penalty and concludes that it is morally unacceptable. Much of this material has been covered before (cf. Hugo Bedau, Death Is Different , LJ 6/1/87), but an important feature of the present volume is its terse, logical development, which can be followed by readers who do not have backgrounds in law or philosophy. An excellent source for those against the death penalty and a major challenge to those who favor it. John Broderick, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742513266
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Nathanson is professor of philosophy at Northeastern University and the author of Economic Justice and Should We Consent to Be Governed? In addition to his extensive writings on the death penalty, many of which have been anthologized, Nathanson has also written on patriotism and economic justice.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface to the Second Edition ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
1 Respect for Life 1
2 Killing to Protect Life: The Deterrence Argument 15
3 The Economic Argument for Executions 33
4 Should We Execute Those Who Deserve to Die? 42
5 The Problem of Unjust Deserts 59
6 Do Murderers Deserve to Die? 69
7 Deserving to Die 83
8 Is the Death Penalty Cruel and Unusual? 96
9 Vengeance and Vigilantism 108
10 What If the Death Penalty Did Save Lives? 119
11 The Death Penalty As A Symbolic Issue 131
Epilogue 147
Postscripts to the Second Edition 149
Notes 187
Selected Bibliography 197
Index 203
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