Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Traditionally criminal law has punished some behaviours on retributive grounds, but as neuroscience increasingly reveals, behaviour is produced by brains which are shaped by genes and the environment. Some scientists are now suggesting that instead of locking criminal offenders up we should find ways to treat them medically, since their brains are not bad but broken. While this all sounds merciful and humane what role does it leave for free will and responsibility? And, will it lead to a dystopian Clockwork Orange society? Join with us in discussion with Professor Vincent to take the nature/nurture debate to the next level.
When: Tuesday 29th April
Time: 6:30pm for 7pm start
Where: Thai Nesia, 243 Oxford Street Darlinghurst
Cost: $66 for two courses and drinks, incl GST
Nicole Vincent is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law and Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, as well as Chief Investigator of the Enhancing Responsibility project based at Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands. Her research interests span neuroethics, neurolaw, ethics, philosophy of tort and criminal law, and political philosophy. She has also studied and worked at La Trobe University in Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.