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

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The death penalty is one of the most contentious issues of our time and has generated an astonishing amount of arguments both for and against capital punishment. Out of this debate, Martinez, Richardson, and Hornsby have crafted the broadest and most balanced account to date. The Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the Twenty-First Century explores the death penalty from four distinct perspectives—philosophical, theological, social science, and legal—and includes scholarly essays on both sides of the debate. An ideal reader for students and policy makers, The Leviathan's Choice is essential for everyone following the arguments surrounding the death penalty.

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Superb collection on the death penalty. These extremely well-written essays offer arguments both in favor of and opposed to the death penalty. Anyone desiring a deeper understanding of the complexities of the death penalty can now choose from an incredibly broad selection of substantive essays. Essential.
Superb collection on the death penalty. These extremely well-written essays offer arguments both in favor of and opposed to the death penalty. Anyone desiring a deeper understanding of the complexities of the death penalty can now choose from an incredibly broad selection of substantive essays. Essential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847697304
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition number: 440
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Michael Martinez teaches political science at Kennesaw State University and is a practicing attorney. William D. Richardson is professor of political science, chair of the Department of Political Science, and director of the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota. D. Brandon Hornsby is an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Perspectives on the Death Penalty
1 Low Deeds and High Goods: Philosophical Foundations of the Death Penalty in the American Regime 3
2 Bearing Witness and Writing History in the Struggle against Capital Punishment 19
3 Why Capital Punishment? 29
4 "Woe to the Hand That Shed This Costly Blood": Philosophical Arguments against the Death Penalty 41
5 Religious Orientation, Race, and Support for the Death Penalty 69
6 Theological Arguments and the Case against Capital Punishment 81
7 Is Capital Punishment Wrong? 109
8 Deliverance from the Vicious Cycles of Murder 115
9 Social Science Data and the Death Penalty: Understanding the Debate over "A Broken System" 141
10 Fatal Flaws: The Implementation of the Death Penalty in the States 159
11 Race and the Death Penalty 175
12 "The Executioner's Face Is Always Well Hidden": Social Science Arguments against Capital Punishment 195
13 Massive Resistance: Capital Punishment, the Abolitionist Movement, and the Supreme Court 213
14 "Freakishly Imposed" or "Fundamentally Fair"? Legal Arguments against the Death Penalty 227
15 Legal Arguments in Favor of the Death Penalty 249
16 Flaws in Capital Sentencing: Skewing the Reasoned Moral Response 271
17 The Death Penalty and the International Community: Evolving Norms or Persistent Differences? 301
18 Reflections on the Future of the Death Penalty 315
Notes 321
Index 391
About the Contributors 405
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