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36th Annual Philosophy Symposium

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36th Annual Philosophy Symposium

Justice Inside-Out: on Incarceration and Inequality

Sat., April 23, 2016

9 a.m.-3 p.m.


FREE and open to the public

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Justice Inside-Out: on Incarceration and Inequality

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location TBA

Recently the topics of mass incarceration and sentencing reform in the US have come to the forefront of political debate. In this symposium we will look at some of the underlying philosophical questions in this discourse, such as “What is the purpose of punishment?”, “Does imprisonment serve justice, and if so in what sense?” or “What does it mean for a punishment to fit the crime?”. In particular, the symposium will highlight in what way our understanding of punishment and imprisonment are shaped by, and can be obscured by, assumptions about race, history and economic inequality.

Lisa Guenther, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
Rashad Shabazz, Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

Sponsored by the SU Philosophical Society and the Fulton School of Liberal Arts

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