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Against Capital Punishment

Benjamin S. Yost

Abstract

Against Capital Punishment offers an innovative proceduralist argument against the death penalty. Worries about procedural injustice animate many popular and scholarly objections to capital punishment. Philosophers and legal theorists are attracted to procedural abolitionism because it sidesteps controversies over whether murderers deserve death, holding out a promise of gaining rational purchase among death penalty retentionists. Following in this path, the book remains agnostic on the substantive immorality of execution; in fact, it takes pains to reconstruct the best arguments for capital p ... More

Keywords: capital punishment, death penalty, abolitionism, procedural abolitionism, retributivism, proportionality, irrevocability, principle of remedy, expanded asymmetry principle, minimal invasion principle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190901165
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190901165.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin S. Yost, author
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Providence College