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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Throughout the essay Camus expresses his own shock and disgust at the brutality of the guillotine.

Camus’s main point in his argument against capital punishment is its ineffectiveness. Set up My libraries How do I set up “My libraries”? Language French View all editions Prev Next edition 1 of 2.

At first Camus’s father fully supported the decision, but after witnessing the event he was left in a state of shock for several days. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Camus also argued that capital punishment was inappropriate because by effecting revenge for grievances it simultaneously hurts the family and loved ones of the convict in the same manner as those being avenged were hurt by the initial crime.

The process albetr place completely separate from the convict and simply dismisses him as beyond salvation or remedy. In an unbelieving world, Camus argues, the convicted is given no chance of atonement.


In such civilizations Camus states that the death penalty was usually administered by the Church in order to deprive the convicted of the divine gift of life. Camus proposed that France lead the way for the rest of the world by adopting a trial period of ten years in which capital punishment be replaced with labor for life. Open to the public ; HV In Camus’s father’s day the guillotine was still used to execute criminals in public but by the time Camus wrote his essay executions took place privately in prisons.

Reflexions sur la guillotine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I’d like to read this book tuillotine Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Without serving a purpose Camus argued that capital punishment is reduced to an act of revenge that only breeds further violence, fueled only by sadism and perpetuated by tradition.

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Reflections on the Guillotine

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Camus suggested that instead of effecting capital punishment as a cure for the problem the French government would do better to improve living rflexins and prohibit alcohol which Camus claimed was directly linked and responsible for many of the murders which led to use of capital punishment in France. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


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. Product details Paperback Publisher: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Although Camus approved of conducting the executions in private he argued that it removed the element of deterrence and rendered the death penalty as merely a means for the state to dispose of those whom it saw as irremediable.

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He explains this camjs arguing that the world has changed so that capital punishment no longer serves as the deterrent that it may once have been. We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Camus also argues that capital punishment is an easy option for the government where remedy and reform may be possible. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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