CFP: Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on "Punishment, Blame, and Forgiveness"

Submission deadline: December 31, 2019

Topic areas


This special issue will feature articles that bring philosophical analysis to bear on issues involving punishment, blame, and forgiveness, though there is no presumption that any one paper will focus on more than one of these themes.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to, discussions of the following in general or in particular policy contexts (e.g., prison reform or abolition, health care, international relations, sports, education, the internet): justifications for punishment, alternatives to punishment, capital punishment, corporal punishment, punishment in non-legal contexts, punishment of children, the nature of blame, the function and justification of blame, standing to blame, blame and excuses, the nature of forgiveness, the value of forgiveness, self-forgiveness, forgiveness and reconciliation, and related subjects such as reparations and restitution.

Submissions on any philosophical topic relating to punishment, blame, or forgiveness will be considered.   Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and should be double-spaced and prepared for blind review. The journal prefers manuscripts of 4,000-10,000 words in length but articles outside these limits may still be considered.  Articles intended for consideration for inclusion in this issue should be submitted by December 31, 2019 via the journal’s online submission process at  Questions about potential submissions should be directed to the Editor, David Boonin, at [email protected].

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