Moral progress and arguments against the death penalty

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September 22, 2011
The Moral Sciences Club
by Will Wilkinson  
Posted in Commentary

"We can talk about the nature of moral progress later. It's tricky. For now, I want you to entertain the possibility that convergence toward the idea that execution is wrong counts as evidence that it is wrong. This would suggest that those American states yet to abolish the death penalty are cases of arrested development. Looking at these trends, it seems overwhelmingly probable that we will look back on the death penalty as a shameful bit of lingering of savagery. And we won't be wrong." (09/22/11)  


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