In researching numerous studies, texts and case files, it becomes apparent that both sides can view the same information and manipulate the meaning of the texts to benefit their own agenda.
The “morality” of the death penalty is subjective, and therefore, a “right” interpretation is nearly impossible. There are a plethora of variables to consider when forming perceptions and opinions, from race, as this book shows us, to gender and socioeconomics. Not to mention the possibility of innocence, religious values, deterrent factors, publicity, political gains, and so much more.
Using texts from the Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as those from notable Supreme Court cases, Brown has approached the subject of the Death Penalty both methodically and with caution to form a valid argumentative response.
Dr. Jeffery Johnson, a Philosophy instructor of nearly 40 years and has published over 20 academic articles through his career, had this to say about the argument presented in this book:
“This is a remarkably good argument. You demonstrate great understanding of IBE, and of my argument. Your own research is thorough and impressive. I will be reading carefully your sources, and probably have to alter my argument a bit.”
This short book was written from an academic and philosophical perspective in examining the texts of the U.S. Constitution and certain pertinent court files to examine the subject of the Death Penalty as administered in the United States today. It is written in argument form, and utilizes IBE (Inference to the Best Explanation).