It has been a busy summer. In late June, I gave a paper on successful versus unsuccessful psychopaths (co-written with Bill Hirstein) at the Society for Philosophy of Psychology annual meeting in Boulder. In early July, I travelled to Paris to the Personality and Character conference (organized by Jon Webber and Alberto Marsala) at the Paris-Sorbonne University. The paper I gave there attempted to use traditional virtue theory to critique modern methods of punishment. I’ll post a synopsis of the paper, “Neuro-rehabilitation and the Criminal Character,” in a few days.
This Monday, July 30, I leave for Neuroscience Boot Camp at UPenn. My attendance is funded by the MacArthur Foundation and a grant for interdisciplinary research from Elmhurst College. Boot Camp is an intensive summer workshop for academics, policy researchers, lawyers, judges, and other professionals who could use an in-depth understanding of neuroscience to further their work. Given I have already been writing in the area of neuroscience and criminal responsibility, I desperately need a better understanding of the tools of neuroscience (such as fMRIs) and the data generated by such tools.
I’ll be using this blog as a platform for mulling over what I learn at boot camp. In particular, I hope to think deeply about what cutting edge neuroscientific methods and findings mean for the criminal law and criminal punishment.
If these sorts of issues interest you, stay tuned.