Entries tagged with “Cesare Beccaria

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Dec 01, 2021

More Than 2,000 Cities Worldwide Light Up Monuments in Global Protest Against Death Penalty

More than 2,000 cities across the world lit up mon­u­ments on November 30, 2021 in a glob­al demon­stra­tion to raise aware­ness about the death penal­ty. The inter­na­tion­al cam­paign — called Cities for Life” — was orga­nized by the Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay Catholic asso­ci­a­tion ded­i­cat­ed to social service.

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Apr 19, 2018

Professor John Bessler Traces Italian Philosopher’s Abolitionist Legacy in New Book and Article

In 1764, Italian philoso­pher Cesare Beccaria wrote the trea­tise, Dei delit­ti e delle pene, which author John Bessler (pic­tured) says spawned glob­al move­ments for fair and pro­por­tion­al pun­ish­ment and against prac­tices such as tor­ture and the death penal­ty. Beccaria’s book was a best-sell­er that swept across Europe and, trans­lat­ed into English in 1767 as An Essay on Crimes and Punishments, into the American colonies, shap­ing the beliefs of America’s found­ing fathers, and influ­enc­ing lead­ers, rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, and law reformers.