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Essay heading: A Philosophical Approach to Crime and Punishment
 
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When a crime is committed, one must decide upon the ideal form of punishment for that situation. It is important to take the victim and criminal in to mind, as well as their motivations for action. Quite to the contrary, one might be inclined to think that Kant would be against the death penalty, since he values human dignity so highly...
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His value for human dignity is actually part of the reasoning as to why he favors capital punishment. When a crime is committed, the criminal’s maxim is one that they would no doubt will for society. If they kill someone, then they would have the maxim “It is okay to kill.” Since the criminal believes that murder is okay, to kill them in return would be respecting their thought process...
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