Cesare Beccaria

Cesare Beccaria

For every crime that comes before him, a judge is required to complete a perfect syllogism in which the major premise must be the general law; the minor, the action that conforms or does not conform to the law; and the conclusion, acquittal or punishment. If the judge were constrained, or if he desired to frame even a single additional syllogism, the door would thereby be opened to uncertainty.More Cesare Beccaria quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Priestly was the first (unless it was Becarria) who taught my
lips to pronounce this sacred truth--that the greatest happiness
of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and
legislation.More Cesare Beccaria quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Laws against the possession of weapons only disarm those who have no intention of committing a crime.More Cesare Beccaria quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.More Cesare Beccaria quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For a punishment to be just it should consist of only such gradations of intensity as suffice to deter men from committing crimes.More Cesare Beccaria quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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