The Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the Twenty-first Century

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James Michael Martinez, William D. Richardson, William Donald Richardson, D. Brandon Hornsby
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Law - 408 pages
The death penalty is one of the most contentious issues of our time and has generated an astonishing amount of arguments both for and against capital punishment. Out of this debate, Martinez, Richardson, and Hornsby have crafted the broadest and most balanced account to date. The Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the Twenty-First Century explores the death penalty from four distinct perspectives--philosophical, theological, social science, and legal--and includes scholarly essays on both sides of the debate. An ideal reader for students and policy makers, The Leviathan's Choice is essential for everyone following the arguments surrounding the death penalty.
 

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Low Deeds and High Goods Philosophical Foundations of the Death Penalty in the American Regime
3
Bearing Witness and Writing History in the Struggle against Capital Punishment
19
Why Capital Punishment?
29
Woe to the Hand That Shed This Costly Blood Philosophical Arguments against the Death Penalty
41
Religious Orientation Race and Support for the Death Penalty
69
Theological Arguments and the Case against Capital Punishment
81
Is Capital Punishment Wrong?
109
Deliverance from the Vicious Cycles of Murder
115
The Executioners Face Is Always Well Hidden Social Science Arguments against Capital Punishment
195
Massive Resistance Capital Punishment the Abolitionist Movement and the Supreme Court
213
Freakishly Imposed or Fundamentally Fair? Legal Arguments against the Death Penalty
227
Legal Arguments in Favor of the Death Penalty
249
Flaws in Capital Sentencing Skewing the Reasoned Moral Response
271
The Death Penalty and the International Community Evolving Norms or Persistent Differences?
301
Reflections on the Future of the Death Penalty
315
Notes
321

Social Science Data and the Death Penalty Understanding the Debate over A Broken System
141
Fatal Flaws The Implementation of the Death Penalty in the States
159
Race and the Death Penalty
175
Index
391
About the Contributors
405
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