Here is the poster for the talk I’ll be giving to the Mind and Moral Psychology Working Group (University of Michigan) in a week or so. All are welcome!

CALL FOR PAPERS Philosophy, law and neuroscience. Paradigms of mens rea: the voluntariness criterion in the criminal law 8 – 9 June 2015 | EUI | Florence, Italy THE CONFERENCE – Cognitive capacity is the ability to understand what the law requires. Volitional capacity is the ability or power to conform one’s actions to the […]

I gave a talk at a fantastic neurolaw conference this past weekend in Atlanta, organized by the incomparable Nicole Vincent. I wasn’t super excited about the topic of my talk – chemical castration – because I’ve been criticizing the practice for years from different perspectives, with only marginal success. However, this time I decided to take […]

My interview with Richard Marshall can be found here. Richard asked some very sophisticated questions. It was a surprisingly difficult but rewarding exercise trying to explain my body of work (such as it is) and world view to a general audience.  

My newest paper, which examines Stephen Morse’s adherence to non-reductivism in light of his theory of legal responsibility, has been published in Criminal Law & Philosophy. The paper is near and dear to my heart, partly because in writing it I was forced to admit to myself that I am a non-eliminative reductivist. I argue […]

Bill Hirstein and I will be speaking at an interdisciplinary responsibility conference next March at Utah Valley University. Our paper will summarize our views on moral and legal responsibility, and will dispute claims (notably, by Levy 2014) that consciousness is the best test for responsible behavior. The organizers, including Chris Weigel, have confirmed a stellar […]

Bill Hirstein and I have written a chapter in a new book called Brain Theory: Essays in Critical Neurophilosophy edited by Charles Wolfe. In the chapter we very briefly argue that different theories of punishment (deontological theory, utilitarianism, and virtue theory) might generate different conclusions regarding the culpability of psychopaths because they emphasize different mental […]

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