READINGS
• The Right Thing to Do:
o In Defense of the Death Penalty, Ernest van den Haag,
o Why the United States Will Join the Rest of the World in Abandoning Capital
Punishment.
• University of San Diego. (2011, September 1). Ethics updates – punishment and the death
penalty. Retrieved
from https://ethics.sandiego.edu/Applied/DeathPenalty/index.asp
ACTIVITIES / ASSESSMENTS
In brief essays of at least three to four paragraphs each, answer the following questions:
1. Identify the key ethical arguments for and against capital punishment.
2. Explain which arguments for or against capital punishment you see as being most
persuasive.
3. Formulate an example consisting of at least 2 or 3 paragraphs that illustrates your
position on capital punishment.

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