5759 The End of Criminal Responsibility?

Sunday, February 19, 2012: 10:00 AM
Room 220 (VCC West Building)
Peter McKnight , The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Many commentators have suggested that advances in neuroscience present a challenge to traditional conceptions of free will and criminal responsibility, and call into question the efficacy and defensibility of punishment. Drawing on work in both philosophy of law and philosophy of science, this talk will consider how neuroscience contributes to our evolving conception of criminal responsibility and how it might alter our attitudes toward punishment.