Themes from The Ends of Harm: The Moral Foundations of Criminal Law

May 23, 2013 - May 24, 2013
University of Kent at Canterbury



  • Society for Applied Philosophy

Main speakers:

Saba Bazargan
University of California, San Diego
Yitzhak Benbaji
Bar-Ilan University
Helen Frowe
University of Kent
Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen
University of Aarhus
Jeff McMahan
Rutgers University
Jonathan Parry
University of Sheffield
Massimo Renzo
University of Warwick
Victor Tadros
University of Warwick
Patrick Tomlin
Reading University
Suzanne Uniacke
University of Hull

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This informal workshop will take up themes from Victor Tadros’s important recent publication, The Ends of Harm: The Moral Foundations of Criminal Law (Oxford: OUP, 2011), which tackles a range of philosophical issues relating to the justification of punishment. Tadros rejects traditional retributivist accounts of punishment, advancing a novel, duty-based account of why the state may inflict punitive harms on offenders. The papers at the workshop will develop some of the themes highlighted by Tadros’s book in light of his arguments. Probable topics include the ethics of self-defence, the permissibility of harming the innocent, desert, moral responsibility, the scope and stringencies of our duties to others, and justifications of punishment. 

The workshop is generously sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy. Those wishing to attend the workshop should contact Helen Frowe ([email protected]) in the first instance. Please note that there are no subsidies available for attendees and that places will be limited. 

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May 23, 2013, 10:00am CET

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