The History of the Death Penalty Essay

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Throughout the history of man there has always existed a sort of rule pertaining to retribution for just and unjust acts. For the just came rewards, and for the unjust came punishments. This has been a law as old as time. One philosophy about the treatment of the unjust is most controversial in modern time and throughout our history; which is is the ethical decision of a death penalty. This controversial issue of punishment by death has been going on for centuries. It dates back to as early as 399 B.C.E., to when Socrates was forced to drink hemlock for his “corruption of the youth” and “impiety”.
A brief history of the death penalty is in order so that one can be aware of this laws nature since that is how one would start to
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In the present day of America the death penalty has diminished greatly in its use to a point where it is almost never used in most states and most other countries accept a select bunch, have also adhered to this same philosophy. (deathpenaltyinfo.org)
It is with this understanding of the death penalty’s history that one can start to decide what a valid application (if any) of the death penalty.

BEGINNING TO LOOK AT THE ARGUMENTS REGARDING THE DEATH PENALTY
On one end of the argument is the belief that all human lives are of equal merit, because they are humans it gives them equal merit. Therefore no human should ever take the life of another, even if that individual has taken other lives. This argument is mostly favored by people of religious faith, but there are some sensible individuals who also adhere to this as an ethical position. At the other end of the spectrum is an argument in favor of the death penalty because of its ability to get rid of a problematic human so that they will be able to do no more harm. This is a very utilitarianism-like perspective of the death penalty. To examine this perplexing ethical dilemma one must first figure out their stance on what death is, like Socrates would.

DEATH
Death is something that has been contemplated for years and years, but what is it really? Why does it even happen? Is there any way to delay or stop it? There is no clear answer but speculation has led to…

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