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ETHC 445 Week 3 DQ 1 Applying the Death Penalty
First, here is a word of caution. With this discussion comes a tasking to discuss the
death penalty in two ways: first, as an expression of the social contract, where one
person has killed another in a violation of that other person’s right to peace and
safety, and second, as a rules-based function of the justice system being applied to a
What do you see going on that is a violation of the Hobbes/Locke social contract
And you might also connect it with any of the Three Schools, plus Aristotle, that you
have read in past weeks—and especially with the rules-based ethics model.
Here's the situation: In Manatee County, Florida, a judge sentenced a man to death—
the first time this had happened in the county for over 19 years. Sentenced to death
was a 25-year-old man for the January 7, 2004, murder of both of his parents by
bludgeoning them to death in their bed with a baseball bat.
Now, with your social contract ethicist hats on, tell us what you make of this quote by
the judge at the sentencing, quoted from the front page of the November 17, 2007
Bradenton Herald: "You have not only forfeited your right to live among us, but
under the laws of the state of Florida, you have forfeited the right to live at all."
Have at it, good folks. But, rather than running off with reactions and opinions about
the death penalty in general, please do keep it in the context of our social contract
discussion for this week and also connected with ethics of justice.