Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 440

Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 440

by J. Michael Martinez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847697304

ISBN-13: 9780847697304

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

As long as the state continues to execute its citizens, the topic of capital punishment requires continual examination, suggest Martinez (political science, Kennesaw State U.), Richardson (political science, U. of South Dakota), and practicing attorney Hornsby. They present 18 contributions that lay out arguments for and against the death penalty from the

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As long as the state continues to execute its citizens, the topic of capital punishment requires continual examination, suggest Martinez (political science, Kennesaw State U.), Richardson (political science, U. of South Dakota), and practicing attorney Hornsby. They present 18 contributions that lay out arguments for and against the death penalty from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, social sciences, and the law. The two final selections offer examinations of future trends in capital punishment. Several chapters have been previously published. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847697304
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.15(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Perspectives on the Death Penaltyxi
Part 1Philosophical Perspectives
1Low Deeds and High Goods: Philosophical Foundations of the Death Penalty in the American Regime3
2Bearing Witness and Writing History in the Struggle against Capital Punishment19
3Why Capital Punishment?29
4"Woe to the Hand That Shed This Costly Blood": Philosophical Arguments against the Death Penalty41
Part 2Theological Perspectives
5Religious Orientation, Race, and Support for the Death Penalty69
6Theological Arguments and the Case against Capital Punishment81
7Is Capital Punishment Wrong?109
8Deliverance from the Vicious Cycles of Murder115
Part 3Social Science Perspectives
9Social Science Data and the Death Penalty: Understanding the Debate over "A Broken System"141
10Fatal Flaws: The Implementation of the Death Penalty in the States159
11Race and the Death Penalty175
12"The Executioner's Face Is Always Well Hidden": Social Science Arguments against Capital Punishment195
Part 4Legal Perspectives
13Massive Resistance: Capital Punishment, the Abolitionist Movement, and the Supreme Court213
14"Freakishly Imposed" or "Fundamentally Fair"? Legal Arguments against the Death Penalty227
15Legal Arguments in Favor of the Death Penalty249
16Flaws in Capital Sentencing: Skewing the Reasoned Moral Response271
Part 5Future Directions of Capital Punishment
17The Death Penalty and the International Community: Evolving Norms or Persistent Differences?301
18Reflections on the Future of the Death Penalty315
Notes321
Index391
About the Contributors405

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