The purpose of punishment: the exemplary value of capital punishment
Wednesday 17 August from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus
This Wednesday 17 August from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 the Deakin Philosophical Society will discuss the exemplary value of capital punishment.
The discussion will focus on Albert Camus' essay ‘Reflections on the guillotine’ [2.6MB]. We discussed this essay a year or more ago, but few pieces on the problem of sanitised punishment surpass its clarity of argument and expression. The essay runs to 50 pages. Those of you who are pressed for time could read the short piece by Charlie Brooker in The Guardian, ‘Bring back hanging? Only a wuss would want to do that. We should bring back the saw instead’, which touches on Camus' point.
See you Wednesday,
President, Deakin Philosophical Society.