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Dead Certainty (08 Edition)by Culbert
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Dead Certainty is about the challenge of judging matters of public concern without a common sense of the good or other shared criteria that validate final decisions. Examining both the philosophical and the practical aspects of this challenge, this book focuses on United States Supreme Court opinions that authorize and regulate the practice of sentencing people to death. Unlike other books that discuss capital punishment, it does not argue for or against the death penalty. Instead, Dead Certainty contributes to a larger project in contemporary political and legal philosophy: re-imagining how people in today's world give coherence and meaning to their shared experience. Culbert's work will be of interest to scholars of political theory, jurisprudence, law and society, rhetoric, continental philosophy, and ethics.
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The death penalty is one of the most emotionally charged issues in law today. Culbert (political science, Johns Hopkins University) does not argue from either side but looks at the question in terms of how the legal system handles the question. She notes that even though the Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the death penalty, it continues to accept cases that question it. Her underlying premise is that the court, rather than establishing law, is assuming that there is a universal Law that they can eventually define. It is this fallacy that hampers a definitive decision on Eighth Amendment cases. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Focusing on U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the area of capital punishment, Dead Certainty examines the challenge of judging matters of public concern without a common sense of the good or other shared criteria to validate final decisions.
About the Author
Jennifer L. Culbert is Assistant Professor in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches courses on Political Theory and Legal Philosophy.
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