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Who was Clarence Darrow?
He was a lawyer, but also a Philosopher/
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What were his views on Determinism?
1) Different factors determine our thoughts, 2) We are not responsible for our environment, 3) It all comes down to luck, 4) Nature/nurture to blame, 5) Crimes should be viewd in the same way as hurricanes or earthquakes
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The Leopald-Loeb Case - What happened?
Leopald and Loeb, who were very rich and very smart, followed the works of Nietzsce and planned to commit the perfect murder.
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So....
They murdered their young neighbour, Bobby Franks, and left his body in a swamp. Leopald left his spectacles at the scene of the crime. They left a ransom demand from Bobby's parents but confessed to his murder when they were caught.
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Everyone demanded the death penalty, but Clarrence Darrow became their defense lawyer and said...
They are guilty. But it wasn't their fault. They are not to blame for the death of Bobby Franks due to influential factors.
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What were the influential factors he suggested?
Young age, parents, nannies, wealth, hormones, detective novels, Nietsche, College professors and World War 1.
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What happened to Leopald and Loeb?
Sentenced to life imprisonment + 99 years each for kidnapping. Loeb was killed in a prison fight and Leopald was released in 1958.
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What was significant about Clarence Darrow case?
He was the first lawyer to suggest his defendant might not be responsible for his crime because of inherited traits.
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1) Different factors determine our thoughts, 2) We are not responsible for our environment, 3) It all comes down to luck, 4) Nature/nurture to blame, 5) Crimes should be viewd in the same way as hurricanes or earthquakes

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What were his views on Determinism?

Card 3

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Leopald and Loeb, who were very rich and very smart, followed the works of Nietzsce and planned to commit the perfect murder.

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Card 4

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They murdered their young neighbour, Bobby Franks, and left his body in a swamp. Leopald left his spectacles at the scene of the crime. They left a ransom demand from Bobby's parents but confessed to his murder when they were caught.

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

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They are guilty. But it wasn't their fault. They are not to blame for the death of Bobby Franks due to influential factors.

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