Kant, Camus and the Death Penalty Debate Analytical Essay

Kant, Camus and the Death Penalty Debate
An analysis of the philosophies of Immanuel Kant and Albert Camus as applied to capital punishment.
# 147038 | 2,438 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 07, 2011 in Hot Topics (Capital Punishment) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper discusses how utilitarianism is not an argument for or against capital punishment and how it provides a comprehensive framework in which most ethical and practical considerations can be examined producing an impartial analysis of the capital punishment debate. The paper offers an evaluation of Kant's moral philosophy as applied to his views on capital punishment. The views of Albert Camus, a staunch opponent of capital punishment, are also discussed. The paper concludes with an assessment of whether Kant's theory on the morality of capital punishment provides a contradiction to moral assertion of the categorical imperative.

From the Paper:

"Kant is holds that punishment just for the sake of utilitarian reasons it is wrong, including deterrence of crime or protection of society (Stairs, 2008, pg 10). Instead, Kant maintains that punishment must provide a reflection of guilt of the offender. As Stairs explains, Kant goes further in that not only is guilt a necessary condition for punishment, but the guilty must be punished or else justice and equality, the only proper foundations for the law, will not be served (Stairs, 2008, pg 10). With regards to punishment, the condition of equality must be served, if the condition of equality is achieved in regards to murder the only result to bring balance or equality is that of capital punishment (Stairs, 2008, pg. 10). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Camus, A. (1961). Reflections on the guillotine, in Resistance, rebellion and death, A.Camus. New York: Knopf
  • Camus, A., & Bellos, D. (2004). The plague ; The fall ; Exile and the kingdom ; and selected essays. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Kant, I. (1960) Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone. New York: Harper
  • Kant, I. (1992) Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals. Morality and the Good Life. 2d ed. Ed. Robert C. Solomon. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • Scruton, R. (2001). Kant: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford:Oxford University PressTorchbooks.

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