PHI 306 EC Ch 17

PHI 306 EC Ch 17 - Proportional Retributivism states that...

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Lauren Napolitano Extra Credit Ch 17 An Eye For An Eye? 1.) What is the Equal Punishment Principle, which Nathanson also calls “equality retributivism”? The Equal Punishment Principle says that any undeserved evil that you inflict on someone else is one that you do to yourself, thus only the law of retribution can determine exactly the kind and degree of the punishment. It is the idea of “an eye for an eye”. 2.) List three examples of crimes mentioned by Nathanson for which the Equal Punishment Principle makes no sense. Three examples of crimes mentioned by Nathanson for which the Equal Punishment Principle makes no sense include rape, torture, and arson cases that have led to death. In these cases, the principle would suggest that we rape rapists, torture torturers, and burn arsonists. These punishments are all completely unacceptable. 3.)What is Proportional Retributivism?
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Unformatted text preview: Proportional Retributivism states that the severity of punishment should be commensurate with the seriousness of the crime. This means that only horrible crimes would mean severe penalties, and minor crimes would deserve light punishments. 4.) What reason does Nathanson give for rejecting Proportional Retributivism as a good justification for the death penalty? Nathanson says that since the theory is general in scope, it does not give any specific suggestions regarding punishment. He gives the example of armed robbery and the fact that it would be punished more severely than just stealing, but less severely than murdering. Since a range of punishments may be appropriate for a particular crime. The levels of severity argument counters the idea that the death penalty is appropriate for only some murderers....
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