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Edward Feser, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“[W]e reserve the death penalty in the United States for the most heinous murders and the most brutal and conscienceless murderers. This is not, as some critics argue, a kind of state-run lottery that randomly chooses an unlucky few for the ultimate penalty from among all those convicted of murder. Rather, the capital punishment system is a filter that selects the worst of the worst…

Put another way, to sentence killers like those described above to less than death would fail to do justice because the penalty – presumably a long period in prison – would be grossly disproportionate to the heinousness of the crime. Prosecutors, jurors, and the loved ones of murder victims understand this essential point…

Perhaps most importantly, in its supreme gravity it [the death penalty] promotes belief in and respect for the majesty of the moral order and for the system of human law that both derives from and supports that moral order.”

“Why the Death Penalty Is Still Necessary,”, July 21, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Philosophy, Pasadena City College, 2012-present
  • Faculty, Envoy Institute Catholics Apologetics Academy
  • Former Visiting Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
  • Former Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1999
  • MA, Religion, Claremont Graduate School
  • BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies, California State University at Fullerton
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  1. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?