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The Leviathan's Choice


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 Introduction: Perspectives on the Death Penalty
Part 4 Philosophical Perspectives
Chapter 5 Low Deeds and High Goods: Philosophical Foundations of the Death Penalty in the American Regime
Chapter 6 Bearing Witness and Writing History in the Struggle Against Capital Punishment
Chapter 7 Why Capital Punishment?
Chapter 8 "Woe to the Hand That Shed This Costly Blood': Philosophical Arguments against the Death Penalty
Part 9 Theological Perspectives
Chapter 10 Religious Orientation, Race, and Support for the Death Penalty
Chapter 11 Theological Arguments and the Case Against Capital Punishment
Chapter 12 Is Capital Punishment Wrong?
Chapter 13 Deliverance From the Vicious Cycles of Murder
Part 14 Social Science Perspectives
Chapter 15 Social Science Data and the Death Penalty: Understanding the Debate Over 'A Broken System'
Chapter 16 Fatal Flaws: The Implementation of the Death Penalty in the States
Chapter 17 Race and the Death Penalty
Chapter 18 'The Executioner's Face is Always Well-Hidden': Social Science Arguments Against Capital Punishment
Part 19 Legal Perspectives
Chapter 20 Massive Resistance: Capital Punishment, the Abolitionist Movement and the Supreme Court
Chapter 21 'Freakishly Imposed' or 'Fundamentally Fair'?: Legal Arguments Against the Death Penalty
Chapter 22 Legal Arguments in Favor of the Death Penalty
Chapter 23 Flaws in Capital Sentencing: Skewing the Reasoned Moral Response
Part 24 Future Directions of Capital Punishment
Chapter 25 The Death Penalty and the International Community: Evolving Norms or Persistent Differences?
Chapter 26 Reflections on the Future of the Death Penalty

About the Author

D. Brandon Hornsby is an attorney in Atlanta. J. Michael Martinez teaches political science at Kennesaw State University and is a practicing attorney. William D. Richardson is professor of political science, chair of the Department of Political Science, and director of the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota


Superb collection on the death penalty. These extremely well-written essays offer arguments both in favor of and opposed to the death penalty. Anyone desiring a deeper understanding of the complexities of the death penalty can now choose from an incredibly broad selection of substantive essays. Essential. * CHOICE *

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