Debating the Death Penalty
Should America Have Capital Punishment? The Experts on Both Sides Make Their Best Case
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Debating the Death Penalty by Hugo Adam Bedau
Book DescriptionWhen news breaks that a convicted murderer, released from prison, has killed again, or that an innocent person has escaped the death chamber in light of new DNA evidence, arguments about capital punishment inevitably heat up. Few controversies continue to stir as much emotion as this one, and public confusion is often the result. This volume brings together seven experts-judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and philosophers-to debate the death penalty in a spirit of open inquiry and civil discussion. Here, as the contributors present their reasons for or against capital punishment, the multiple facets of the issue are revealed in clear and thought-provoking detail. Is the death penalty a viable deterrent to future crimes? Does the imposition of lesser penalties, such as life imprisonment, truly serve justice in cases of the worst offences? Does the legal system discriminate against poor or minority defendants? Is the possibility of executing innocent persons sufficient grounds for abolition? In confronting such questions and making their arguments, the contributors marshal an impressive array of evidence, both statistical and from their own experiences working on death penalty cases. The book also includes the text of Governor George Ryan's March 2002 speech in which he explained why he had commuted the sentences of all prisoners on Illinois's death row. By representing the viewpoints of experts who face the vexing questions about capital punishment on a daily basis, Debating the Death Penalty makes a vital contribution to a more nuanced understanding of the moral and legal problems underlying this controversy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195179804
(234mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 14-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Hugo Adam Bedau
Debating the Death Penalty, Hardback (December 2003)
Experts on both side of the issue--including Paul Cassell, Alexander Kozinski, Louis Pojman, Stephen Bright, Hugo Bedau, Bryan Stevenson, Joshua Marquis, and Governor George Ryan--speak out both for and against capital punishment and the rationale behind their individual beliefs.
Death Penalty in America, Paperback (July 1998)
This is a comprehensive sourcebook on the death penalty in America. It follows up on Bedau's "Death Penalty in America", third edition. It includes new readings, updated statistical and research data, recent Supreme Court decisions, and contributions to the debate over capital punishment.
Making Mortal Choices, Hardback (February 1997)
This text examines the usefulness of "casuistry", or "the method of cases" in arriving at moral decisions. It seeks to teach something about how we actually reason concerning life and death situations, and how we ought to reason if we wish both to be consistent and properly respect human life.
Civil Disobedience in Focus, Paperback (May 1991)» View all books by Hugo Adam Bedau
An assessment of both classical and current philosophical thought concerning the issue of civil disobedience. Drawing upon the essays of such contemporary thinkers as Rawls, Raz and Singer, this text aims to provide the basic material required for debate on the nature of civil disorder.
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Author Biography - Hugo Adam Bedau
Hugo Adam Bedau is Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Tufts University and editor of The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies. Paul Cassell is a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah and Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law.
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