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The Culture of Denial: Villon, 15th Century, Courbet, 19th Century

François Villon, Ballade des Pendus, circa 1450
Gustave Courbet, Still Life with Apples and Pomegranate

Courbet's still life speaks of the achievements of civilization in the 19th Century. Does that mean that we have overcome the inhumanity of the 15th Century in which we could ignore the death of hanged men as we picnicked? How does François Villon's Ballade des Pendus relate to this discussion? Villon in English. What would Fellman say? What would Henry and Milovanovic say?

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Created: June 9, 2001
Latest update: February 9, 2006

Links put up in Summer 2001:

  • New Study Finds that Race and Place Play a Key Role in Death Sentencing in California: Legislature Should Require Comprehensive Data Collection On ACLU site. Documents available for further study. See end of press release.

  • Death Penalty Information Center Link checked February 9, 2006/

  • Detalles Sobre la Pena de Muerte En Español. ("A menos de que se indique de otra manera, esta información es válida a partir del 14 de Enero de 2004"). Link checked Saturday, February 9, 2006.

  • Innocence and the Death Penalty Link checked Thursday, February 9, 2006.

  • Mental Retardation and the Death Penalty Link added Saturday, June 9, 2001.

  • The Federal Death Penalty Updated May, 2001.

  • 'Moral' Execution By Bruce Shapiro. The Nation. Special report. Web only. June 6, 2001. "Execution of the retarded exposes the inequity and cruelty that is the essential scaffolding of capital punishment." Search for Bruce Shapiro 'moral' execution.Link checked Thursday, February 9, 2006.

  • McVeigh and The Dramaturgy of Death by Garry Wills. On the death penalty. New York Review of Books. June 21, 2001. Link to New York Review of Books article. jeanne. Link checked Thursday, February 9, 2006.

  • Capital Punishment by Kenneth Cauthen. I just happened across Kenneth Cauthen's homepage as I was putting together capital punsihment materials for Special Topics: Transforming Discourse. He says of himself that he is "a teacher of theology, philosophy, and ethics." And he expresses profound interest in theodicy:
    "An abiding interest of mine is theodicy -- the problem of evil. I conclude that God operates opportunistically through the drive in all life toward fulfillment (eros) in an effort to achieve the best in every situation. This means that God is perfect in love but limited in power. God works in and through the structures and processes of nature, life, and human freedom to accomplish the best possible outcome given the circumstances. God does not and cannot interfere with or redirect by divine fiat the law-abiding processes of nature or the operation of human freedom.

    Of course, I couldn't resist. His ideas should fit in well as we broach the topic of religion, morality and ethics in social justice. Essays coming in July. jeanne
    Link added Saturday, June 9, 2001.

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