1.7 Punishment and Prisons

When one surveys the philosophical literature on punishment and related topics over the last 10 years and divides it into what appear to be the central categories: historical interpretation, discussions of Foucault, justifications of punishment, and what Duff calls “normative critique of the penal state”, one finds that the justification of punishment literature is most dominant and the normative, abolitionist literature comparatively slimmer. This workshop takes up such questions as these: Does the justification literature create an impression that our current practice can be justified? Who is responsible for creating this impression? If philosophical ideas have played some role in the harsh penal practices of the U.S., what is our current responsibility? Does philosophy as a profession have an obligation to foster a normative critique of incarceration? To help respond to these questions this workshop will explore current research areas and opportunities for engagement with this work. Discussants: Barbara Hall

Workshop Leader
Rita Manning, San Jose State University

Barbara Hall
Dwight Murph
Christopher Conn
Tama Weisman
John Douglas Macready
Charlie Kurth
Eunjung Katherine Kim
Joanna Crosby, Morgan State University
Brady Heiner, California State University, Fullerton
Sandra Cai Chen