Aristotle Anti-Death

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Aristotle Anti-Death Penalty

The death penalty is one of the controversial topics that plague American society today. The moral and ethical battles are ones that have been in existence as long as capital punishment has. Different methods of the death penalty have gone through many phases of development throughout the ages. Since its establishment there has been death by hanging, death by decapitation, death by electric chair, and the most commonly used method, death by lethal injection. This rare form of punishment often goes against what the penal system is set in place for: rehabilitation. Because of this reason, Aristotle takes his position on the side opposing the death penalty, because it is an unnecessary punishment. There is no exact wording of Aristotle’s’ in the reading that exemplifies his position on Capital punishment, but his thoughts on the topic can be understood from his teachings. Aristotle says: “He who is not good, then, cannot sympathize with himself in joy or sorrow; for his soul is divided against itself: one part of him, by reason of its viciousness, is pained at being deprived of something, while another part of him is pleased; on part pulls this way, another that, tearing him to pieces, as it were, between them.”

People that are on death row have committed a serious crime. Some people have even committed a series of brutal murders that has earned them such a fate. But a lot of death row inmates do not kill just because they like vacations to jail. Most receive some type of twisted pleasure off of ending someone else’s life. An example of this would be the case of Michael Ross. Driven by violent sexual fantasies, Michael confessed to brutally raping and murdering eight young girls. He was convicted of four and sentenced to the death penalty. The rape of a woman by a serial rapist is never about the physical pleasure, but about the mental pleasure of obtaining power over your victim. He was pleased at the times of...
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