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Christopher Bennett
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  1. The Apology Ritual: A Philosophical Theory of Punishment.Christopher Bennett - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    Christopher Bennett presents a theory of punishment grounded in the practice of apology, and in particular in reactions such as feeling sorry and making amends. He argues that offenders have a 'right to be punished' - that it is part of taking an offender seriously as a member of a normatively demanding relationship that she is subject to retributive attitudes when she violates the demands of that relationship. However, while he claims that punishment and the retributive attitudes are the necessary (...)
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    The Varieties of Retributive Experience.Christopher Bennett - 2002 - Philosophical Quarterly 52 (207):145-163.
    Retribution is often dismissed as augmenting the initial harm done, rather than ameliorating it. This criticism rests on a crude view of retribution. In our actual practice in informal situations and in the workings of the reactive (properly called 'retributive') sentiments, retribution is true to the gravity of wrongdoing, but does aim to ameliorate it. Through wrongdoing, offenders become alienated from the moral community: their actions place their commitment to its core values in doubt. We recognize this status in blaming, (...)
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  3. Penal Disenfranchisement.Christopher Bennett - 2016 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (3):411-425.
    This paper considers the justifiability of removing the right to vote from those convicted of crimes. Firstly, I consider the claim that the removal of the right to vote from prisoners is necessary as a practical matter to protect the democratic process from those who have shown themselves to be untrustworthy. Secondly, I look at the claim that offenders have broken the social contract and forfeited rights to participate in making law. And thirdly, I look at the claim that the (...)
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    The Alteration Thesis: Forgiveness as a Normative Power.Christopher Bennett - 2018 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 46 (2):207-233.
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  5. Personal and Redemptive Forgiveness.Christopher Bennett - 2003 - European Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):127–144.
    Some philosophers think that forgiveness should only be granted in response to the wrongdoer’s repentance, while others think that forgiveness can properly be given unconditionally. In this paper I show that both of these positions are partially correct. In redemptive forgiveness we wipe the wrong from the offender’s moral record. It is wrong to forgive redemptively in the absence of some atonement. Personal forgiveness, on the other hand, is granted when the victim overcomes inappropriate though humanly understandable feelings of hate (...)
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  6. Russell on Naturalism and Practical Reason. [REVIEW]Christopher Bennett - 2019 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 24 (1):347-356.
    This response to Paul Russell looks at how we should understand the moral sentiments and their role in action. I think that there is an important tension in Russell’s interpretation of this role. On the one hand, aspects of Russell’s position commit him to some kind of rationalism about the emotions: for instance, he has argued that P. F. Strawson’s account of the reactive is crudely naturalistic; and he has claimed that emotions are constitutive of our sensitivity to moral reasons. (...)
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    Russell on Naturalism and Practical Reason. [REVIEW]Christopher Bennett - 2019 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 24 (1):347-356.
    This response to Paul Russell looks at how we should understand the moral sentiments and their role in action. I think that there is an important tension in Russell’s interpretation of this role. On the one hand, aspects of Russell’s position commit him to some kind of rationalism about the emotions: for instance, he has argued that P. F. Strawson’s account of the reactive is crudely naturalistic; and he has claimed that emotions are constitutive of our sensitivity to moral reasons. (...)
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    Russell on Naturalism and Practical Reason. [REVIEW]Christopher Bennett - 2021 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 24 (1):347-356.
    This response to Paul Russell looks at how we should understand the moral sentiments and their role in action. I think that there is an important tension in Russell’s interpretation of this role. On the one hand, aspects of Russell’s position commit him to some kind of rationalism about the emotions: for instance, he has argued that P. F. Strawson’s account of the reactive is crudely naturalistic; and he has claimed that emotions are constitutive of our sensitivity to moral reasons. (...)
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    Russell on Naturalism and Practical Reason. [REVIEW]Christopher Bennett - 2019 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 24 (1):347-356.
    This response to Paul Russell looks at how we should understand the moral sentiments and their role in action. I think that there is an important tension in Russell’s interpretation of this role. On the one hand, aspects of Russell’s position commit him to some kind of rationalism about the emotions: for instance, he has argued that P. F. Strawson’s account of the reactive is crudely naturalistic; and he has claimed that emotions are constitutive of our sensitivity to moral reasons. (...)
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    Is Amnesty a Collective Act of Forgiveness?Christopher Bennett - 2003 - Contemporary Political Theory 2 (1):67-76.
    Amnesty in the context of national reconciliation involves waiving or cancelling the punishment of convicted or suspected criminals in the name of peace. We can distinguish three positions: amnesty is wrong because it is unjust; amnesty is unjust, but necessary; and amnesty is just because it expresses forgiveness. The third position sounds promising. However, it assumes that when we forgive, we can justifiably waive or cancel the need for punishment. I argue that only punishment that expresses repentance and atonement brings (...)
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    Excuses, Justifications and the Normativity of Expressive Behaviour.Christopher Bennett - 2012 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 32 (3):563-581.
    In this article, I look at the role of appeals to the emotions in criminal law defences. A position commonly held is that appeals to the emotions can excuse but cannot justify. However, we should be careful that this view does not rest on too simple and non-cognitive a view of the emotions. I contrast a simple picture, according to which action from emotion involves loss of rational control, with the more Aristotelian picture recently offered by RA Duff. I then (...)
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    Taking the Sincerity Out of Saying Sorry: Restorative Justice as Ritual.Christopher Bennett - 2006 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (2):127–143.
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    State Denunciation of Crime.Christopher Bennett - 2006 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (3):288-304.
    In this paper I am concerned with a problem for communicative theories of punishment. On such theories, punishment is justified at least in part as the authoritative censure or condemnation of crime. But is this compatible with a broadly liberal political outlook? For while liberalism is generally thought to take only a very limited interest in its citizens’ attitudes (seeing moral opinion as a matter of legitimate debate), the idea of state denunciation of crime seems precisely to be focused on (...)
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    Indirect Communication, Authority, and Proclamation as a Normative Power.Christopher Bennett, Paul Faulkner & Robert Stern - 2019 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 40 (1):147-179.
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    Personal and Redemptive Forgiveness.Christopher Bennett - 2003 - European Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):127-144.
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  16. What is This Thing Called Ethics?Christopher Bennett - 2010 - Routledge.
    What is morality? How do we define what is right and wrong? How does moral theory help us deal with ethical issues in the world around us? This second edition provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to philosophical thinking about morality. Christopher Bennett provides the reader with accessible examples of contemporary and relevant ethical problems, before looking at the main theoretical approaches and key philosophers associated with them. Topics covered include: life and death issues such as abortion and global poverty; (...)
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    Is Amnesty an Act of Political Forgiveness?Christopher Bennett - 2003 - Contemporary Political Theory 2 (1):67-76.
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    The Limits of Mercy.Christopher Bennett - 2004 - Ratio 17 (1):1–11.
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  19. Précis of" The Apology Ritual".Christopher Bennett - 2012 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 31 (2):73-94.
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    Expression, Freedom of Speech and the State.Christopher Bennett - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (2):360-369.
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  21. Symposium. The Apology Ritual.Christopher Bennett, Edgar Maraguat, J. M. Pérez Bermejo, Antony Duff, J. L. Martí, Sergi Rosell & Constantine Sandis - 2012 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 31 (2).
    Symposium on Christopher Bennet's The Apology Ritual. A Philosophical Theory of Punishment [Cambridge University Press, 2008].
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    A Review of David Owens' Shaping the Normative Landscape. [REVIEW]Christopher Bennett - 2015 - Jurisprudence 6 (2):364-370.
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    How and Why to Express the Emotions: A Taxonomy of Emotional Expression with Historical Illustrations.Christopher Bennett - 2021 - Metaphilosophy 52 (5):513-529.
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    Considering Capital Punishment as a Human Interaction.Christopher Bennett - 2013 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2):367-382.
    This paper contributes to the normative debate over capital punishment by looking at whether the role of executioner is one in which it is possible and proper to take pride. The answer to the latter question turns on the kind of justification the agent can give for what she does in carrying out the role. So our inquiry concerns whether the justifications available to an executioner could provide him with the kind of justification necessary for him to take pride in (...)
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    Liberalism, Autonomy and Conjugal Love.Christopher Bennett - 2003 - Res Publica 9 (3):285-301.
    This paper argues that a liberal state is justified in promoting relationships of conjugal love – the form of relationship that is the basis of the institution of marriage – on the grounds that they are essential to the development and maintenance of autonomy. A deep human need is that the detail of our lives be recognized (accepted, affirmed, granted importance) by others (or by an other). Autonomy can be compromised when this need is not met. So a state concerned (...)
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    Complicity and Normative Control.Christopher Bennett - 2021 - The Monist 104 (2):182-194.
    : A distinctive nonconsequentialist argument for criminalisation and punishment claims that the citizens of a state that did not criminalise serious mala in se perpetrated in its jurisdiction would be complicit in their commission. However, one objection to such an argument is that such citizens cannot be complicit because they play no causal role in the commission of the offence. Against this objection, I argue that causal contribution is unnecessary, and that one way in which a secondary agent can become (...)
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    The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics and Culture.Christopher Bennett - 2003 - Contemporary Political Theory 2 (2):255-257.
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    Communities at Work? The Concept of ‘Community’ in Organisational Analysis.Christopher Bennett, Michael Bennett & Stephen Bennett - 2005 - Philosophy of Management 5 (3):31-41.
    In this paper we assess the adequacy of the idea of community as an ideal-typical model against which real organisations and their management might be critically evaluated. Alasdair MacIntyre’s work on practices suggests that some forms of work activity require something more than contractual relationships withinorganisations: if he is right then perhaps we should acknowledge the importance of some notion of community at work. However, among the criticisms of the community approach are that it ignores issues of power and the (...)
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  29. Replies to My Commentators.Christopher Bennett - 2012 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 31 (2):153-169.
     
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  30. Blame, Remorse, Mercy, Forgiveness.Christopher Bennett - 2010 - In John Skorupski (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Ethics. Routledge.
     
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    Making Amends: Atonement in Law, Morality and Politics.Christopher Bennett - 2011 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (1):165-167.
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    Outstanding Issues with Robert Russell's Nioda Concerning Quantum Biology and Theistic Evolution.Emily Qureshi-Hurst & Christopher T. Bennett - 2021 - Zygon 56 (1):75-95.
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  33. Apology and Reparation in a Multicultural State.Christopher Bennett - 2007 - In Michael Freeman & Ross Harrison (eds.), Law and Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
     
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    The Category and the Office of Proclamation, with Particular Reference to Luther and Kierkegaard.K. E. Løgstrup, Christopher Bennett & Robert Stern - 2019 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 40 (1):183-209.
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  35. Recidivist Punishments: The Philosopher's View.Peter Asp, Christopher Bennett, Peter Cave, J. Angelo Corlett, Richard Dagger, Michael Davis, Anthony Ellis, Thomas S. Petersen, Julian V. Roberts & Torbjörn Tännsjö (eds.) - 2011 - Lexington Books.
    Much has been written about recidivist punishments, particularly within the area of criminology. However there is a notorious lack of penal philosophical reflection on this issue. This book attempts to fill that gap by presenting the philosopher’s view on this matter as a way of furthering the debate on recidivist punishments.
     
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    The Ethics of Social Punishment: The Enforcement of Morality in Everyday Life.Linda Radzik, Christopher Bennett, Glen Pettigrove & George Sher - 2020 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    How do we punish others socially, and should we do so? In her 2018 Descartes Lectures for Tilburg University, Linda Radzik explores the informal methods ordinary people use to enforce moral norms, such as telling people off, boycotting businesses, and publicly shaming wrongdoers on social media. Over three lectures, Radzik develops an account of what social punishment is, why it is sometimes permissible, and when it must be withheld. She argues that the proper aim of social punishment is to put (...)
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    Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals.Robert Stern, Christopher Bennett & Joe Saunders (eds.) - 2019 - Oxford University Press.
    Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics as one of the most profound and influential works in moral philosophy ever written.
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    Satisfying the Needs and Interests of Victims.Christopher Bennett - 2007 - In Gerry Johnstone & Daniel W. van Ness (eds.), Handbook of Restorative Justice. pp. 247--264.
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    Shoemaker on Sentiments and Quality of Will.Christopher Bennett - 2019 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 13 (4):573-584.
    In this comment, I raise a number of concerns about David Shoemaker’s adoption of the quality of will approach in his recent book, Responsibility from the Margins. I am not sure that the quality of will approach is given an adequate grounding that defends it against alternative models of moral responsibility; and it is unclear what the argument is for Shoemaker’s tripartite version of the quality of will approach. One possibility that might fit with Shoemaker’s text is that the tripartite (...)
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    White (Coat) Lies: Bending the Truth to Stay Faithful to Patients.Christopher Bennett, Alex Finch & Stuart Rennie - 2016 - American Journal of Bioethics 16 (9):15-17.
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    Journal of Applied Philosophy.Christopher D. Bennett - 2014 - The Philosophers' Magazine 65:110-112.
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    The Problem of Expressive Action.Christopher Bennett - forthcoming - Philosophy:1-24.
    Rational explanation of action out of emotion faces a number of challenges. The Wrong Explanation Challenge says that explaining action out of emotion by reference to a purpose rather than an emotion gets it wrong. The Redundancy Challenge says that if explanation of an action by reference to emotion is sufficient then rational explanation is redundant. And the No Further Justification Challenge says that there is no more to say, at the level of rational explanation, about why people act as (...)
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    Considering Murphy on Human Executioners.Christopher Bennett - 2017 - Criminal Justice Ethics 36 (1):111-116.
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    L. Zaibert, Punishment and Retribution: Ashgate Publishing Co., Aldershot, 2006, Hardback £55, ISBN 978-0-7546-2389-2.Christopher Bennett - 2010 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 4 (1):105-107.
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    A Theory of Political Obligation - by Margaret Gilbert.Christopher Bennett - 2008 - Philosophical Books 49 (4):390-392.
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    Punishment, Moral Community and Moral Argument: A Review of R.A. Duff,Punishment, Communication and Communityand Matt Matravers,Justice and Punishment: The Rationale of Coercion. [REVIEW]Christopher Bennett - 2001 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 4 (3):101-119.
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    Shoemaker on Sentiments and Quality of Will.Christopher Bennett - 2019 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 13 (4):573-584.
    In this comment, I raise a number of concerns about David Shoemaker’s adoption of the quality of will approach in his recent book, Responsibility from the Margins. I am not sure that the quality of will approach is given an adequate grounding that defends it against alternative models of moral responsibility; and it is unclear what the argument is for Shoemaker’s tripartite version of the quality of will approach. One possibility that might fit with Shoemaker’s text is that the tripartite (...)
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    Vera Bergelson: Victims’ Rights and Victims’ Wrongs: Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA, 2009, 248 Pp, Hardback, £44.50, ISBN-10: 0-8047-5538-8, ISBN-13: 978-0-8047-5538-2. [REVIEW]Christopher Bennett - 2012 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 6 (1):103-109.
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    The Authority of Moral Oversight: On the Legitimacy of Criminal Law.Christopher Bennett - 2019 - Legal Theory 25 (3):153-177.
    ABSTRACTAn influential view in recent philosophy of punishment is that the apparatus of criminal justice should be geared at least in part to state censure of wrongdoing. I argue that if it were to be so geared, such an apparatus would make ambitious claims to authority, and that the legitimacy of the relevant state would then depend on whether those claims can be vindicated. This paper looks first at what kind of authority is being claimed by this apparatus. The criminal (...)
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    Forgiveness and the Claims of Retribution.Christopher Bennett - 2004 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (1):89-101.
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