Author Archives: ksifferd

Book Review of Ignorance of Law

My review of Douglas Husak’s book Ignornance of Law: A philosophical inquiry has just been published in the journal Jurisprudence. You can find the review here – if you would like the full review sent via email just drop me a line at Here is the first part of the review: Douglas Husak’s book is an intelligent, […]

Pretrial Detention and Moral Agency

Tyler Fagan and I have just completed a final draft of a chapter for the Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy, edited by David Boonin. The introduction to the paper is below; feel free to email me for the full paper. —– At the present moment, roughly three million persons are being held in […]

Status Update

I’ll begin with my elephant project (the biggest thing in any room I visited for about two years now): Bill Hirstein, Tyler Fagan and I submitted our manuscript Responsible Brains to MIT right before Christmas. We hope the book will be released this upcoming fall (fall 2018). We are very pleased with the final product, […]


I am happy to announce that MIT Press has agreed to publish The Responsible Brain, a book I have been writing with my Elmhurst College colleagues William Hirstein and Tyler Fagan. Our research for the book was supported by a Philosophy and Science of Self Control sub-grant as a part of a Templeton Foundation funded project […]

Taking Stock

I have so many balls in the air this summer I’m having trouble keeping my projects organized. I thought it might help to publicly take stock of my commitments. Let me begin with the papers or chapters that are for the most part completed: I’ve already reviewed page proofs for a forthcoming chapter titled “Unconscious […]

Wringe’s Expressive Theory of Punishment

I recently wrote a review of Bill Wringe’s book An Expressive Theory of Punishment for the journal Ethics. You can find the review here.

Call for Commentators: new Brains blog symposium

The Brains blog invites philosophers and academics in other relevant disciplines to act as a commentator for our upcoming symposium, the second in our series on papers published in the journal Neuroethics. The target paper by Kevin Tobia (Yale) is titled “Personal Identity, Direction of Change, and Neuroethics” (abstract below). We are looking for short (1,000-2,000 […]