Reading 13 Ernest van den Haag The Retributive Theory of Punishment

Reading 13 Ernest van den Haag The Retributive Theory of Punishment

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Reading 13 Ernest van den Haag The Retributive Theory of Punishment 1. Punishments are imposed on persons, not on racial or economic groups. The only relevant question is does the person to be executed deserve the punishment? No matter what the punishment being handed out is not unjust, because the crime deserved such a punishment. 2. His response to the claim that innocent people are executed is that the moral benefits offset the miscarriages of justices, and points out that people still drive
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Unformatted text preview: even though there is a chance they might kill someone. 3. Even if executions might not serve as deterrence it serves as retribution for the victims and protects the lives of potential victims. 4. The monetary costs are trumped by the importance of doing justice. Punishment is to vindicate the law and social order undermined by the crime. For those who argue executions are inhumane Haag argues that for the victim the suffering was unwarranted....
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2008 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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