Free Will and Criminal Justice

Gregg Caruso with Leo Zaibert

Within the criminal justice system, one of the most prominent justifications for legal punishment is retributivism. The retributive justification of legal punishment maintains that wrongdoers have free will, and are thus morally responsible for their actions and deserve to be punished in proportion to their wrongdoing. Join two philosophers at the cutting edge of research into punishment and retribution. Gregg Caruso opposes retributivism, while Leo Zaibert defends it. Let’s see how it plays out! 

Gregg D. Caruso is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Corning and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He is also the Co-Director of the Justice Without Retribution Network (JWRN) at the University of Aberdeen School of Law. His research interests include free will, agency, and responsibility (both moral and legal), as well as philosophy of mind, cognitive science, neuroethics, moral psychology, criminal law, punishment, and public policy. His latest book, Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice, is published this year by Cambridge University Press. greggcaruso.com / twitter.com/GreggDCaruso 

Leo Zaibert is William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Humanities at Union College. His work is focused on punishment, forgiveness, and related phenomena. His most recent book, Rethinking Punishment, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018, and has been the subject of several symposia and special journal issues – both in the United States and abroad. union.edu/philosophy/faculty-staff/leo-zaibert


Tuesday 18th May

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)

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