Capital Punishment Unlawful and Inexpedient, an Essay

Capital Punishment Unlawful and Inexpedient, an Essay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...easy through the subsequent stages of the argument. We deem it of such importance that our ground be made sure in this particular, that we may be excused a few remarks with a view to establish it.. "If it can be shown," says one of the above "Essays on the Principles of Morality, &c." By Jonathan Dymond. writers, "that the good of the public is best consulted by those systems of punishment which are most effectual in benefiting the offender himself, it will readily appear that his reformation is the primary object." Mr. Dymond here says, in effect, "benefit the offender and you benefit the community; your primary aim should, therefore, be the offender's benefit." But we caDnot discover any force in this argument as a proof that the personal good of the offender ought to be the object directly and chiefly aimed at. We might surely, with, at least, as much propriety say, --the good of the public and the benefit of the offender are found to be promoted by the same systems of punishment; the public good, therefore, ought to be primarily aimed at in punishing the offender. Because the public good and the private advantage of the criminal are generally found to go together, Mr. Dymond regards the former as simply incidental, while the latter is to be made the direct end of punishment. This, we apprehend, is no less than to place the inferior above the superior object, and merely on the ground of a general coincidence of results. We say, only a general coincidence, for we do not admit, or, at any rate, we dare not affirm, that, in all cases, those punishments which best conduce to the private benefit of the criminal are, also, best adapted to secure the good of the community. Mr. Dymond's argument, ...
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  • Paperback | 52 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236811364
  • 9781236811363