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Workshop on Responsibility, Conversation and Communication

Gothenburg, May 29-30 2017

Venue: Olof Wijksgatan 6, Room T307

Open for outside participants; contact András Szigeti if you are interested.

More information about the workshop will be published here soon.


Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh)

Michael McKenna (University of Arizona)

Philip Robichaud (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Seth Shabo (University of Delaware)


Monday 29th May

10.00-12.00 Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh) ‘TBA’
                   Commentator: Per-Erik Milam (University of Gothenburg)

12.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Philip Robichaud (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) ‘TBA’
                   Commentator: Robert Hartman (University of Gothenburg)

Tuesday 30th May

10.00-12.00 Seth Shabo (University of Delaware) ‘Manipulation and Basic Desert: A Conversational Perspective.’
                   Commentator: Kristin Mickelson (University of Gothenburg)

12.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Michael McKenna (University of Arizona) ‘Punishment and the Value of Deserved Suffering’
                   Commentator: Benjamin Matheson (University of Gothenburg)



Michael McKenna: Punishment and the Value of Deserved Suffering

In this paper, I will develop a minimal retributivist theory of punishment built from the resources of my conversational theory of moral responsibility. As I see it, the more modest a retributivist theory of punishment is, the more difficult it is for skeptics about retribution to reject it, and my goal in what follows is to resist the skeptic—at least a certain sort of skeptic. In doing so, I shall argue that in special contexts, assuming realism about free will, the harm of punishment directed at a culpable wrongdoer can count as an intrinsic or noninstrumental good. I set aside the question of whether my proposal departs from a traditional understanding of retributivism. Insofar as it does, I am happy to embrace a form of revisionism.

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