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Question posted on March 6, 2014; 1 response
Is one ever morally justified to beat someone up for making sexist and/or misogynist comments (this is a serious question)?...
Ethics, Punishment Show

Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
Many prison sentences are far more damaging than the crime which led to the sentence. To what extent is that morally justified?...
Punishment Show

Question posted on July 11, 2013; 1 response
Philosophically (not legally), how should this fallacy be resolved? A convicted felon is sentenced to both life imprisonment for a drug related murder AND the death penalty for a separate act of terrorism. Should he be put to death or...
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Question posted on July 11, 2013; 1 response
Is it moral to behave only in terms of fearing punishment? For example, suppose the only reason a person has for not behaving immorally is the fear of divine punishment. Since his actions yield the same results as another non-immoral...
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Question posted on February 21, 2013; 1 response
Suppose a stranger steals 100$ from me, then has second thoughts and puts it back, before I ever come to look for or need the 100$. If discovered, should he be punished? Why or why not?...
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Question posted on December 6, 2012; 1 response
Is mercy on an offender a lack of justice? That is, if an offender is treated mercifully, as in, given less punishment than is warranted, doesn't that mean the offender is given less justice than is warranted?...
Justice, Punishment Show

Question posted on November 1, 2012; 1 response
Do philosophers who believe in a naturalistic and deterministic world and assert a compatabilist theory of free will believe that people who do very wrong things should be punished as an expression of retribution or to make the person realize...
Freedom, Punishment Show

Question posted on August 23, 2012; 1 response
I think killing in self-defence is perfectly acceptable yet I strongly oppose the death penalty. Is this consistent?...
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Question posted on July 26, 2012; 1 response
In making such decisions as whether to grant parole, should we care whether convicts are "remorseful" for their crimes?...
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Question posted on January 18, 2012; 1 response
How is the death penalty worse than a lifetime of imprisonment? If you kill them it's over and you killed them back case closed but, the have the oppertunity for eternal bliss still based on the final judgement of him,...
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Question posted on September 22, 2011; 1 response
Should people be punished socially for being rude and inconsiderate, etc?...
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Question posted on September 9, 2011; 1 response
Are intentions of equal importance to actions? For example, if I were to be deliberately harmed by another who claimed they had no good reason for their action, or was equally harmed by someone who claimed to hate me because...
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Question posted on August 25, 2011; 1 response
John is 30 years old. Jack is 10 years old. They are clinically sane. One day, John feels a sudden, uncharacteristic urge to kill. He murders an innocent stranger. On the same day, Jack feels the same urge to kill. He also...
Children, Ethics, Punishment Show

Question posted on August 4, 2011; 1 response
Should a parent report their own children to the police if they are aware that the child has commited a criminal offence. Does the age of the child or the seriousness of the crime matter. Example should you report your...
Children, Law, Punishment Show

Question posted on June 16, 2011; 1 response
Why do we punish criminals? Is it to keep society safe, to exact revenge, to set an example or to teach the criminal a lesson? Which of these motivations would lead to the most just society?...
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Question posted on May 26, 2011; 1 response
Why are most nations opposed to prison labor? From a justice perspective, it seems that would far better repay the damage caused by whatever crimes they committed than sitting around in a prison all day. From a rehabilitation...
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Question posted on February 9, 2011; 1 response
I am often appalled by how sadistically Americans and people of other nations regard their criminals. I am appalled because that very sadism itself reduces people to the level of evil as the people we punish. But how does one...
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Question posted on January 4, 2011; 2 responses
Hello: Almost two years ago -in January 2009- I was supposed to marry my fiancÚ with whom I have had a five-year relationship. Three weeks before our wedding, I just called her and cancelled everything over the telephone. That was a...
Ethics, Punishment Show

Question posted on December 16, 2010; 1 response
Rape seems to be a crime that is very difficult to deal with, legally, especially when the two parties are in some way or another involved. Assuming there is no video evidence and no medical evidence (i.e. injury), the...
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Question posted on September 15, 2010; 1 response
Is it morally acceptable to punish? And at what stage does punishment turn to revenge? Comparing something like lex talionis (which seems like revenge) with rehabilitative/correctional systems (which seem restorative), it seems that certain forms of punishment are more ethical...
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