Problems with Death Penalty in Practice

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Problems with Death Penalty in Practice 1. Even if Capital punishment really was the best deterrent against murder, and even if “eye for an eye” theory was an adequate procedure for determining proper punishments, it still doesn’t follow that we should adopt the death penalty. 2. There is a distinction between ‘justified in theory’ and ‘justified in practice’ 3. E.g., Even if the above were true (i.e., it were justified in theory) , if half the people who were executed were innocent, and if we knew it, we could not justify it in practice T: This means that even if its justified in theory that doesn’t mean its justified in practice. The death penalty is inconsistant with the values we place on justice T: What we should talk about is what actually happens in practice S: does he thing it is justified in theory? T: I think he gives really weak arguments against it in theory T: He goes on to say, even if it is justified in theory it is inconsistent in practice A just system 1.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHI 2630 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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