The Death Penalty and Nonviolence

Justice Beyond Empathy

Authored by: Lloyd Steffen

The Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138194663
eBook ISBN: 9781315638751
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The death penalty is a lethal instrument of social control that political entities use to assert power over the lives of those deemed undesirable and disposable for some reason. Those on whom the death penalty is visited could be criminal law breakers, political adversaries or simply members of a dispossessed group in a particular society. Death by execution is a direct and intentional killing and as such raises serious moral questions. The death penalty ought to be an important topic for consideration for those who are interested in pacifism and nonviolence.

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