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Brains Blog call for an early career commentator

The blog Brains ( invites an early career philosopher (graduate student, post-doc, or person who earned their PhD in the past five years) to act as a commentator for symposia on articles appearing in the journal Neuroethics. The symposia will be similar to ones the blog has run the past two years on papers from […]

Why is Baltimore Burning?

Riots have broken out in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, who died due to injuries he received while being transported in a police van. Gray was not buckled in, but was in handcuffs and leg irons, and may have been given a “rough ride,” meaning the police van was driven with […]

Philosophy of Self-Control Grant

I’m a bit late with this announcement, but Bill Hirstein, Tyler Fagan and I are thrilled to be recipients of a Philosophy of Self-Control sub-grant for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control project is funded by the Templeton Foundation and headed by Al Mele (Florida State University). You can read all […]

Talk March 9 in Ann Arbor

Here is the poster for the talk I’ll be giving to the Mind and Moral Psychology Working Group (University of Michigan) in a week or so. All are welcome!

CFP: Paradigms of mens rea: the voluntariness criterion in the criminal law

CALL FOR PAPERS Philosophy, law and neuroscience. Paradigms of mens rea: the voluntariness criterion in the criminal law 8 – 9 June 2015 | EUI | Florence, Italy THE CONFERENCE – Cognitive capacity is the ability to understand what the law requires. Volitional capacity is the ability or power to conform one’s actions to the […]

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.