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The Ethics of Capital Punishment: A Philosophical Investigation of Evil and its Consequences

Matthew H. Kramer


Though much of this book is devoted to impugning all the standard rationales for capital punishment, the chief purpose of the volume is to advance an alternative justification for such punishment in a very limited range of cases. Pursuing both a project of critical debunking and a project of partial vindication, the book presents a rationale for the death penalty that is free-standing rather than an aspect or offshoot of a general theory of punishment. Its purgative rationale has not heretofore been propounded in any contemporary philosophical and practical debates over the death penalty. Whil ... More

Keywords: capital punishment, death penalty, justification, vindication, normative ethics, punishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Kramer, author
Professor of Legal & Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge