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PHIL 469

Philosophical Problems

A study of one or more problems, such as universals, time, freedom, causation, happiness and necessary truth. Attention mainly to recent papers and books. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor 1 course

Spring Semester information

Jeremy Anderson

469A: Philosophical Problems: Punishment

Our sense that crimes should be punished is so deeply ingrained that to question it may seem nutty. But punishment is also problematic. When we punish we do things that, under other circumstances, are morally wrong and illegal. Further, punishment does not seem to achieve many of its goals very effectively. In this course we will critically examine justifications offered for legal punishment and alternatives to it. We will delve into the long-standing and complex debate over whether and how punishment may be justified, and consider relevant empirical data. Assignments will include papers, a presentation, regular responses to readings, and exams.