GUILLOTINE. (From the book Reflexions sur la peine Capitale, a symposium by Arthur Koestler and Albert Camus, pub- lished by Calmann-Levy in ). Reflexions sur la guillotine. By Albert Camus. Edited by: Michal Rosenthal. Translation: Adina Kaplan. Customers who bought this item also bought. View more. Albert Camus was a writer and philosopher, who during his lifetime was called “ the conscience of the West” and awarded the In , Albert Camus wrote an essay Reflections on the Guillotine (Réflexions sur la Guillotine).

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Camus also stated that in an unbelieving world there is no absolute authority capable of delivering judgement as no man possesses absolute innocence himself.

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Language French View all editions Prev Next edition 1 of 2. Product details Paperback Publisher: As a half-measure Camus suggested that the option of self-administered lethal injection a modern equivalent of hemlock in Ancient Greece would at least be a first step in a more humane direction.

At the end of the essay Camus stated that action must be taken immediately. Separate different tags with a comma. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: The essay opens with a description of Camus’s father’s reaction to witnessing the execution of a convicted murderer.


In an unbelieving world, Camus argues, the convicted is given no chance of atonement. We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. Tags What are tags?

The convicted would then also always have the option of choosing death via suicide. Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. English Choose a language for shopping.

Lists What are lists? These online bookshops told us they have this item: He also believed that because most murders are not premeditated no deterrent can be effective and in the case of premeditated murder the deterrent would be insufficient to stop those who have already decided to act. Notes Koestler’s contribution is an abridged translation of his Reflections on hanging. This page was last edited on 27 Juneat Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Reflections on the Guillotine

Set up My libraries How do I set up “My libraries”? Open to the public ; HV None of your libraries hold this item. Camus also argued that the threat of death is insufficient to prevent people from committing crimes as death is the common fate shared by all, regardless of guilt.


He explains this by arguing that the world has changed so that capital punishment no longer serves as the deterrent that it may once have been.

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Get to Know Us. Camus’s view is similar to that of Cesare Beccaria and the Marquis de Sadethe latter having also argued that murder premeditated and carried out by the state was the worst kind.

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Camus guullotine argues that capital punishment is an easy option for the government where remedy and reform may be possible. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Camus’s main point in his argument against capital punishment is its ineffectiveness. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?