Capital Punishment: Why Death Penalty Is Morally Permissable Essay

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Capital Punishment: Why the Death Penalty is Morally Permissible

Karina Morgan
April 13, 2010
Professor Mark Reynolds
PHI 206 Sec. 04
Word Count: 1,910

Syllogism for Argument:

1. Every human has a right to life 2. But this right is not absolute because a person’s life can be overridden for good reasons 3. So the right of life does not hold in every situation no matter what 4. One of these situations includes taking the life of another innocent human 5. Therefore, it is morally permissible to set the right to life aside, and use the death penalty, if they took the life of an innocent human.

Outline

I. The Death Penalty
-Thesis- Although all humans have the right to life, there are certain
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E. Death of innocents f. There have been a few cases where the death penalty was used and further evidence revealed later that they were innocent. g. People argue that this should be reason not to use the death penalty. h. Current technologies and forensics make it much harder for this to occur in society today. F. Religion i. The Bible says that it is wrong to kill j. This is only a statement of faith and does not hold up in an actual argument, because not all people are of Christian faith IV. Conclusion G. Personal views of the death penalty H. Restatement of thesis

Capital Punishment has been a significant topic of debate for the past few decades. Capital punishment is defined as “punishment by execution of someone officially judged to have committed a serious, or capital, crime” (Vaughn 250). In my opinion, the most important aspect of this debate is the actual taking of a human’s life. Although all humans have the right to life, there are certain situations that can overrule this right, such as taking the life of an innocent human. Since the right of life does not hold in every situation and if an innocent human’s life is taken, then it is morally permissible to set the right to life aside and use the death penalty on the person who committed murder (Vaughn 255). In this case, capital punishment is not considered a