10.15.07 Pojman in Defense of CP

10.15.07 Pojman in Defense of CP - Pojman In Defense of the...

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Pojman “In Defense of the Death Penalty” Consequentialist argument Objections and replies
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From last time The Retributivist argument - Murderers deserve death. - It is permissible for us to kill them. - (al things being equal, people should get what they deserve)
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Consequentialist (Utilitarian) Arguments Consequentialists CANNOT mention notions of desert. - After all, the only morally relevant consideration is the total good created in the world. So, CP must increase the total good in the world somehow. How could that be—we would be bringing about a harm! - Note: this is Pojman's back up argument—he thinks the main one is the Retribution argument This is consistent with his deontology.
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Consequentialist (Utilitarian) Arguments If CP is justified on consequentialist grounds, it must produce more good out of all alternatives for all affected. One way is by “Deterrence” - From OED “Deterring or preventing by fear. spec., the reduction of the likelihood of war by the fear that nuclear weapons will be used against an aggressor; so graduated deterrence.” So, the idea is that more good will be brought by CP because it will deter innocent deaths. - How would this work?
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Consequentialist (Utilitarian) Arguments The Rational Crook argument - Crooks do a cost-benefit analysis of the crimes they are about to perform. -
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