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    But this objection to barbarity does not mean that capital punishment- or rather, judicial homicide-should not go on. The illicit jump we find here, on the threshold of the inquiry, is characteristic of the abolitionists and must be disallowed at every points.

    1. the illicit jump. What does it mean?
    2. inquiry. What does it mean?

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    Default Re: what do they mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    But this objection to barbarity does not mean that capital punishment- or rather, judicial homicide-should not go on. The illicit jump we find here, on the threshold of the inquiry, is characteristic of the abolitionists and must be disallowed at every points.

    1. the illicit jump. What does it mean?
    2. inquiry. What does it mean?

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    There is not enough context to be sure what is meant.

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    Hi, this sentense is from an argumentation in favor of capital punishment. The author seemed to disapprove of the brutal ways in which the convicted were executed, but he did not think this alone could be the reason for the execution to be abonished.

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    There is not enough context to be sure what is meant.

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    Default Re: what do they mean?

    not a teacher

    The passage is from an essay "In Favor of Capital Punishment" by J. Barzun (1962). He's referring to a book by Arthur Koestler, "Hanged By The Neck".

    Barzun is addressing Koestler's argument that the methods for capital punishment are barbaric and therefore capital punishment itself should be banned.
    By "illicit jump", I feel that Barzun means Koestler is making an "unjustifiable conclusion". Because, he says, it would be possible to devise "a painless, sudden and dignified death" and thereby, presumably, remove the argument of "barbarity".
    I think that by "on the threshold of the inquiry", Barzun means "at the beginning of this investigation of the topic".
    Last edited by JMurray; 02-Jul-2013 at 07:18. Reason: clarification

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    Default Re: what do they mean?

    Victor, please note that a better title would have been 'The illicit jump'.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'



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    Thank you. It helps me get the point.

    This essay is selected in a textbook used by senior-year students of English major in China.

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