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The Future of Punishment

Thomas A. Nadelhoffer


The goal of the present volume is to provide philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and legal theorists with an opportunity to examine the cluster of related issues that will need to be addressed as we struggle to come to grips with the picture of human agency that is being pieced together by researchers in the biosciences. Each contributor was asked to shed light on the important issues he or she takes to be essential when it comes to the future of punishment and retribution. Given the complexity and breadth of both the empirical and conceptual issues that arise in this context, contri ... More

Keywords: punishment, retributivism, philosophy, neuroscience, free will

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199779208
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas A. Nadelhoffer, editor
College of Charleston

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Part One Defending Retributivism

2 Brute Retributivism*

Nichols Shaun

Part Two Incompatibilism and Retributivism

Part Three Compatibilism and Retributivism

6 Neuroscience, Normativity, and Retributivism

Michael S. Pardo, and Patterson Dennis

Part Four Punishment and Folk Intuitions

9 The Mind, the Brain, and the Law

Thomas Nadelhoffer, Dena Gromet, Geoffrey Goodwin, Eddy Nahmias, Chandra Sripada, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Part Five The Scope of Justified Punishment

12 Free Will, Responsibility, and the Punishment of Criminals

Farah Focquaert, Andrea Glenn, and Adrian Raine

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