Week 4 – Punishment; capital punishment; drug use and punishment imprisonment for drug use; reparations;
Theories of Punishment by Travis Joseph Rodgers
The Death Penalty by Benjamin S. Yost
America’s Unjust Drug War by Michael Huemer http://www.owl232.net/papers/drugs.htm
Video overview: https://youtu.be/Aum9VxT0f-Q
Michelle Alexander, “The New Jim Crow”
Reparations by Colin McGinn:, https://www.colinmcginn.net/reparations/#.Xh7yh8hKjIU
Reparations for Historic Injustice by Joseph Frigault
QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ANSWERED!!!!!!!!!
1. PUNISHMENT: when, if ever, is punishment justified? Why?
2. Capital punishment / the death penalty: when, if ever, is capital punishment justified? Why? What are the best arguments on either sides?
3. Drugs: If you asked ordinary people who think most illegal drugs should generally remain illegal and criminalized, what reasons would they give? Are those reasons good reason (sound arguments) or not? If you asked ordinary people who think many illegal drugs should be legal and not criminalized, what reasons would they give? Are those reasons good reason (sound arguments) or not? What arguments does Huemer discuss for the conclusion that drug use should be illegal and criminalized? How does he respond to these arguments? Do you agree or disagree with his evaluation of these arguments? Why or why not?What arguments does Huemer give to think that most drug use should be legal and not criminalized, and that it is an injustice to imprison drug users? Explain these arguments and whether you think any of his arguments are sound or not, and why.What is the “New Jim Crow,” according to Michelle Alexander? How does this relate to imprisoning drug users? What do you think should be done to address the issues she raises?
4. What are reparations (for slavery and racial injustice?). What form(s) might reparations take? What are the best arguments for reparations? What are the best critiques and questions about reparations? Do you think there should be reparations? If so, what should they be?
***ANOTHER WAY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS***Fill in these blanks! Concerning this week’s topic _________ , I argue that __ [state your conclusion(s) here] _____ because _____[state and explain your reason(s) here] _________ . One might object to my argument or claim by __________ [explain the objection or disagreement here] ______ . I reply to that objection by: ________ [explain your reply here] ____________.
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