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Neuroprediction and the law

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Debates surrounding the use of prediction in criminal punishment usually turn on differing views about the appropriate jurisprudential role of equality and proportionality. Views about the appropriate role of equality and proportionality play out in the ‘classic debate’ between retributivism and consequentialism. Therefore, whether prediction in criminal punishment is permissible turns on whether one subscribes to retributivism or consequentialism as the appropriate theory of punishment. This talk goes through some of the more recent developments in neuroscience and neuroprediction, and asks how these developments bear on traditional jurisprudential concerns.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group series.

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