One in the series New Dialogues in Philosophy, edited by the author himself, Dale Jacquette presents a fictional dialogue over a three-day period on the ethical complexities of capital punishment. Jacquette moves his readers from outlining basic issues in matters of life and death, to questions of justice and compassion, with a concluding dialogue on the conditional and unconditional right to life. Jacquette's characters talk plainly and thoughtfully about the death penalty, and readers are left to determine for themselves how best to think about the morality of putting people to death.
Dale Jacquette is Senior Professorial Chair in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Jacquette has held the Fulbright Distinguished Lecture Chair at the University of Venice, Italy and is the author and editor of over twenty books on philosophy in diverse areas of mind, language, logic, mathematics, ethics, and for the introductory student of philosophy as well.
Chapter 1 Day One: Matters of Life and Death Chapter 2 Day Two: Justice and Compassion Chapter 3 Day Three: Conditional versus Unconditional Right to Life