Lecture Notes - 062806 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 28, 2006...

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Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 28, 2006 Death Penalty, cont. Primoratz’s Retributive Argument It is the offense, not the consequences of the punishment, that justifies the  punishment. “Punishment is morally justified insofar as it is metered out as retribution for the  offense committed” (p. 127).  Consequences of the punishment play no role in the justification of the  punishment Punishment needs to be proportionate to the offense. Value of human life is not commensurable with other values: - We have to be alive in order to realize any other value. Only death penalty is proportionate to crime of murder, because: - If you do not execute a murdered you are leaving him with something,  while by killing his vitime he left her with nothing – no life. 1. “Capital punishment is illegitimate because it violates the right to life, which is  a fundamental, absolute, sacred right belonging to each and every human 
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Lecture Notes - 062806 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 28, 2006...

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