PHIL-738 Contemporary Issues: Fem Law & Philosophy
Spring for 2017-2018
Criminal justice is in disarray, and in recent years punishment practices have come under searching scrutiny. Issues include over-punishment, mass incarceration and its consequences in minority communities, the role of race, and the morality of specific punishment practices (long-term solitary confinement, life without parole, adult punishments for juveniles, the death penalty). Are there morally acceptable alternatives to punishment, or does crime demand some form of punishment? These raise old philosophical questions in new form: What is punishment for? What are the roles of deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, and providing closure to crime victims? How should the law respond to genuine evil? These questions concern not only justice in the U.S.—they exist in debates over international criminal justice in response to atrocity crimes.
This is a colloquium-style seminar: sessions will involve distinguished guest speakers from philosophy, law, and the social sciences presenting their own research. The seminar will sometimes meet at the Law Center (accessible by the GUTS shuttle bus) and sometimes on the Main Campus.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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