Death as a Means of Denunciation

Matthew H. Kramer

in The Ethics of Capital Punishment

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199642182
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732188 | DOI:
Death as a Means of Denunciation

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This chapter investigates the denunciatory rationale for the death penalty. Though that rationale can initially seem pugnacious or unsavory as it draws upon primal emotions of hatred and revenge in its justification of the institution of capital punishment, it in fact presents some powerful moral considerations in favor of that institution. Nonetheless, it too fails to vindicate the use of such punishment, as it contravenes the Minimal Invasion Principle and some other tenets of liberal democracy.

Keywords: denunciation; revenge; hatred; punishment; liberal democracy; Minimum Invasion Principle

Chapter.  12129 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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