PHI 306 EC16

PHI 306 EC16 - Lauren Napolitano Extra Credit Ch 16 A Life...

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Lauren Napolitano Extra Credit Ch 16 A Life for a Life 1.) What reason in favor of the death penalty does Primoratz endorse? Primoratz endorses the retributive theory in that consequences of punishment are irrelevant when it comes to its justification; when someone has committed an offense, he deserves to be punished. He says that the death penalty is the only proportionate and hence appropriate punishment if the offense was murder. This is because human life is invaluable and that there is nothing equivalent to the murderous destruction of a human life except the destruction of the life of the murderer. 2.) What principle does Primoratz adopt regarding the rights of a criminal who has violated the rights of someone else by committing a crime? Primoratz adopts the principle that there are no rights that are absolute. Therefore, abolitionists who try to claim that capital punishment violates the right to life are refuted. Primoratz says that we would not take the claim of an absolute right to life
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