Should There Be a Death Penalty?


There should be a death penalty to punish capital crimes.

Q1 Analysis

This statement does not seem to be a Q1 violation so long as:

Q2 Analysis

This is not a Q2 violation so long as you would not condemn someone who thought you deserved the death penalty for what they consider to be a capital crime.


When discussing this issue, you may want to divide it into two questions: "Is the death penalty moral?" and "Is the death penalty practical?"

Whether the death penalty is moral depends on whether or not you believe that any crime is so extreme that death is a just punishment. It also depends on whether or not you consider execution by the state to be moral.

Asking whether the death penalty is practical brings in a number of other factors. Is the death penalty morally justifiable given that in an imperfect justice system a certain number of innocent people may be executed? Is the death penalty in some sense cruel and unusual punishment? Is it meaningful if it cannot be carried out without a lengthy delay?

There are other factors you may think worth considering. Is the death penalty a deterrent to crime? Is it better or worse for the victim (or the victim’s survivors) than life imprisonment? Should world opinion be taken into account? Should it be reserved for only the most heinous criminals?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at and See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on December 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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  1. Written by incarn
    on December 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm
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    Yes I think the death penalty is perfect for crimes that cause significant physical or mental damage to the victim.
    I would only support it once tecnology reaches a level where there is NO doubt as to guilt, until then as there are no ‘take backs’ for death we cannot risk a single innocent being murdered by the state.

    The jury system is based upon manipulation and is the best we have now, but is pretty fallible in reality.

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