Corporal Punishment by David Benatar

In education, ethics, philosophy, psychology, society on July 23, 2012 at 19:52


From: Corporal Punishment by David Benatar, World Corporal Punishment Research,

It is surprising that the moral question of corporal punishment has escaped the attention of philosophers to the extent that it has. In this paper I want to consider the various standard arguments that are advanced against corporal punishment and show why they fail to establish the conclusion in defense of which they are usually advanced — that such punishment should be entirely abandoned. However, in doing so I shall show that some of the arguments have some force — sufficient to impose significant moral limitations on the use of corporal punishment — thereby explaining, at least in part, why the abuses are beyond the moral pale.

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  1. I wanted to share with you a project my team is working on in order to raise awareness on the dangers of spanking children, in an effort to prevent child abuse. We are producing a documentary on the scientific warnings against spanking and the international trend of actually banning it in the home. I’d be interested in your thoughts. We are in the process of fundraising for the production phase. We are at: Please “like” us on Facebook and tell others about us. I really enjoyed your article and appreciate that you are helping to raise awareness that spanking is on the continuum of violence against children.

    Here is Peter Newell’s explanation of why there should be a ban on spanking:


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