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Chemical Castration as Rehabilitative Treatment

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 […]

Interview at 3:am

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.  

What does it mean to be a mechanism? (now published)

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 […]

CFP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility

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 […]

Brain Theory, Psychopaths, and Shoemaker’s New Book

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 […]

On being a woman in philosophy and feeling stupid

This post convinced me to say something about my experiences as woman student and philosopher. My story isn’t tragic or unusual. I think it is pretty typical. However, I think my experiences may highlight one reason why women are underrepresented in philosophy. Just one of many reasons, probably. My high school honors history teacher was the first teacher who really seemed to think […]

Consciousness, Responsibility, and the Habitual Thief

Imagine a lifelong pickpocket, Ted, for whom pickpocketing comes so naturally that he steals as a matter of habit. Ted is hurrying across a busy train station one day, intending to pick up his friend from a train. He has no plan to pickpocket during this errand, but once home Ted finds a strange wallet […]

Guest blog post: Punishment, bee keeping, and the virtue of making choices

You can find my guest blog post on Kerry Gutridge’s fantastic new website here.

Philosophy Majors Still GREat at the GRE

Last year’s post on the numbers went viral, so I don’t feel the need to discuss the new GRE data in any detail here. But once again, philosophy majors proved to be excellent GRE takers. There is a nice discussion of the new data here. Do smart college students like philosophy? Or does philosophy make […]

The Importance of Mentors, and Criminal Punishment and the Development of Virtue

I just completed a draft version of a book chapter for a volume titled From Personality to Virtue, edited by Jon Webber (Cardiff) and Alberto Marsala (Universite Paris IV-Sorbonne). The book is the result of an excellent conference organized by Jon and Alberto on virtue theory, and is now under consideration at OUP. This is my first […]