When the state executes someone, it claims authority to do something that ordinarily would be highly immoral--killing someone. Dr. J. K. Miles, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Quincy University, considers questions around the morality of the death penalty as a concept and as an institution.
Is there anything about capital crimes that could make it justifiable for the state to kill someone? Even if the death penalty is justified in principle does that mean we should support what one Supreme Court Justice called "The Machinery of Death?” These questions take on a new urgency when we consider the disturbing racial disparities in state executions.
Join us for a captivating lecture on the ethics of capital punishment as an institution with QU professor, Dr. J.K. Miles. This lecture will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A with Dr. Miles.