Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

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An issue that has been widely debated for several years in the United States, and even throughout the whole world is capital punishment. Capital punishment is of course punishment by death after committing a capital crime or a capital offence. The word capital comes from the Latin capitalis, which means “regarding the head”, which is referring to beheading. The debate about capital punishment is whether or not is moral to punish someone with death after a crime they committed. Many view that those who commit capital crimes should be killed, as it is justice for the capital crime/crimes they have committed. Other believes that no crime is heinous to warrant execution of the committer of the crime. This question has been debated across the world for years, and has recently become a more pressing issue as now there are more humane ways of execution and people value human life more than in the past. Many already know how Americans and Europeans feel about capital punishment, however, how did old Eastern Philosophy feel about the death penalty? How does current Eastern Philosophy feel about the death penalty? Before these questions are answered, first more must be known about the history of capital punishment. The first death penalty laws go back as far as Eighteenth Century B.C. King Hammurabi of Babylon’s code had death penalty for 25 different crimes. The death penalty was also in Fourteenth Century B.C. Hittite Code, and in Seventh Century B.C.’s Roman Law of the Twelve
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