Author Archives: ksifferd

Responsible Brains

The book I have written with William Hirstein and Tyler Fagan for MIT Press now has an Amazon page. Our publication date is December 11. I am over the moon about the “blurbs” we earned from some outstanding moral philosophers. Here they are: “Hirstein, Sifferd, and Fagan bring responsibility into closer contact with neuroscience than […]

Are Psychopaths Legally Insane?

Anneli Jefferson and I have just had a paper on psychopathy published in the European Journal of Analytic Philosophy. You can find the paper here. Here’s the abstract: The question of whether psychopaths are criminally and morally responsible has generated significant controversy in the literature. In this paper, we discuss what relevance a psychopathy diagnosis […]

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 sifferdk@elmhurst.edu. 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, […]

Success!

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 […]