Capital Punishment On Ethical Grounds Essay

783 Words Aug 11th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the most debated ethical issues throughout the entire history of man, has been capital punishment (death penalty). Is it necessary, and more importantly, is it moral to put someone to death for a crime which they have committed? This questions has been raised and debated in every country and at every period of time, as far back as known history will allow us to observe. This paper will present and discuss the dilemma of capital punishment on ethical grounds and present arguments both for and against capital punishment. This paper will also look at the history and evolution of capital punishment, as well as attempt to gauge what will become of the practice in the foreseeable future. In order to get a better understand and insight as to what exactly the dilemma and ethical issues that capital punishment presents, we must first be acquainted with its history. The history of capital punishment goes as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. In the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, we can see a written record of laws which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes. In the Seventh Century B.C. we saw the implementation of the Draconian Code of Athens, which made death the only punishment for all crimes; and in the Fifth Century B.C. 's Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets. The Roman code allowed for capital punishment for various reasons; cutting someone else’s crops at night or destroying their harvest (this is questionable as to how much of the crop); burning…

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