The Death Penalty Is Necessary Essay

1515 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
To think someone deserves to die may sound absurd to some of us, but is it really that absurd. Humans have their own approach to the concept of the death penalty, just like the philosophers that have their own philosophy about the death penalty. Some philosophers are for the death penalty like, Immanuel Kant, who is in favor of it. Then, there are some philosophers like Paul G. Cassell that found the death penalty incomplete, because of its unfairness to African Americans. The goal is to state the mentioned philosophers beliefs and their reasons to why they believe in their beliefs while inputting my own reasons on why I agree or disagree with them. I find myself agreeing with one philosopher’s philosophy meeting eye to eye, then slightly agreeing with others to totally disagreeing with them, because I feel the death penalty is necessary when the person has committed a disgusting crime. Diving into the first philosopher, his name is Immanuel Kant, he is the one, that’s for the death penalty Lewis Vaughn, author of Contemporary Moral Arguments: Readings in Ethical Issues make it clear when he says, “In opposition to utilitarian views of punishment, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) holds to retributivism and strongly endorses the death penalty for murder” (352). He just don’t want to go and kill anyone that committed any crime, he likes to get even, and by even, I mean do what the criminal did back to him. Kant says, “It may be rendered by saying that the undeserved evil which any…

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