Locke on the Death Penalty
A. John Simmons
University of Virginia
February 16, 2009
Brian Calvert has offered us a clear and careful analysis of Locke's views on punishment and capital punishment. The primary goal of his paper - that of correcting the misperception of Locke as a wholehearted proponent of capital punishment for a wide range of offenses - must be allowed to be both laudable and largely achieved in his discussion. But Calvert's analysis also encourages, I think, a number of serious misunderstandings of Locke's true position.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8working papers series
Date posted: February 18, 2009
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