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Capital punishment in the philosophical context

Author(s): Tadeusz Ślipko
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Teologiczno-Pastoralny im. św. Józefa Sebastiana Pelczara w Rzeszowie

Summary/Abstract: The article illustrates a few theories supporting the acceptability of the capital punishment from the ethical point of view. The author of the article, Pr. Prof. Tadeusz Slipko draws his own original concept based on defining aggression as a wrongful deed in moral context.An aggressor performing such a deed puts himself aside the moral order, so he deprives himself of personal dignity, he „resigns” from it. The legal authori- ty depriving him of life by performing capital punishment and defending objec- tive values, acts according to the moral order. The weakness of this argumenta- tion is its only theoretical analysis of ethical values and norms without referring to concrete cases of people and their criminal acts. However, the vital issue mentioned in the article is the problem of the way of performing the capital punishment and evaluation of the act done by the executioner.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 125-136
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish