The Future of Punishment

Hardcover | April 23, 2013

EditorThomas A. Nadelhoffer

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Scholars are struggling to come to grips with the picture of human agency being pieced together by researchers in the biosciences. This volume aims at providing philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and legal theorists with an opportunity to examine the cluster of related issues thatwill need to be addressed in light of these developments. Each of the twelve essays collected here sheds light on an issue essential to the future of punishment and retribution. In addition to exploring the sorts of issues traditionally discussed when it comes to free will and punishment, the volumealso contains several chapters on the relevance (or lack thereof) of advances in the biosciences to our conceptions of agency and responsibility. While some contributors defend the philosophical status quo, others advocate no less than a total revaluation of our fundamental beliefs about moral and legal responsibility. This volume exposes the reader to cutting-edge research on the thorny relationship between traditional theories of agency andresponsibility and recent and future scientific advances pertaining to these topics. It also provides an introduction to some of the long-standing debates in action theory and the philosophy of law, which concern the justification of punishment more generally.

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Scholars are struggling to come to grips with the picture of human agency being pieced together by researchers in the biosciences. This volume aims at providing philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and legal theorists with an opportunity to examine the cluster of related issues thatwill need to be addressed in light of these d...

Thomas A. Nadelhoffer (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the College of Charleston. He specializes in the philosophy of mind and action, moral psychology, and the philosophy of law-which were the focus of his research during his time as a post-doctoral fellow with the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neurosc...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Thomas A. Nadelhoffer: IntroductionDefending Retributivism1. John Martin Fischer: Desert and the Justification of Punishment2. Shaun Nichols: Brute RetributivismIncompatibilism and Retributivism3. Derk Pereboom: Free Will Skepticism and Criminal Punishmen4. Michael Corrado: Why Do We Resist Hard Incompatibilism? Thoughts on Freedom and PunishmentCompatibilism and Retributivism5. Stephen Morse: Criminal Common Law Compatibilism6. Pardo and Patterson: Neuroscience, Normativity, and Retributivism7. Nancey Murphy: Cognitive Neuroscience, Moral Responsibility, and PunishmentPunishment and Folk Intuitions8. Alfred Mele: Free Will, Science, and Punishment9. Nadelhoffer: The Mind, the Brain, and the Law10. Aharoni and Fridlund: Moralistic Punishment as a Crude Social Insurance PlanThe Scope of Justified Punishment11. Neil Levy: Punishing the Addict: Reflections on Gene Heyman12. Focquaert: Free Will, Responsibility, and the Punishment of Criminals