Capital Punishment

Torbjörn Tännsjö

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Capital Punishment

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This chapter examines the issue of death in relation to capital punishment in homicide cases. It argues that there are indeed good reasons to adopt a death-penalty system for homicide according to the most plausible version of retributive thinking. The chapter also explains that the death penalty can save the lives of potential victims, can spare some people from becoming murderers, and can save the lives of patients in vital need of organs. It furthermore compares the deterrent effect of the death penalty and long terms in prison.

Keywords: capital punishment; death; homicide; death penalty; retributive thinking; murderers; prison

Article.  9868 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Law

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