About the Journal of Practical Ethics

Welcome to the Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in moral and political philosophy (and related areas), published by the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, located at the University of Oxford.

Volume 10 • Issue 1 • 2022

Article


Illusions of Control

Adam Hosein

2022-09-30 Volume 10 • Issue 1 • 2022

Defective Normative Powers: The Case of Consent

Massimo Renzo

2022-09-30 Volume 10 • Issue 1 • 2022

Can We Talk?: Communicating Moral Concern in an Era of Polarized Politics

Elizabeth S. Anderson

2022-09-30 Volume 10 • Issue 1 • 2022

Latest Letters & Forthcoming Articles Posts

Preemptive Incapacitation, Victim’s Rights, Desert, and Respect for Persons: Replies to McCormick and Donelson. Forthcoming article by Gregg D. Caruso
Posted by JPE Editors on 2022-10-03

I would like to begin by thanking Kelly McCormick and Raff Donelson for their thoughtful and challenging comments on my book, Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice (2021a). They have both given me much to think about. While Donelson generally agrees with the dual aims of my book—i.e., rejecting retributivism and replacing it with the public health-quarantine [...]

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Caruso’s Negative Project in Rejecting Retributivism. Forthcoming article by Raff Donelson
Posted by JPE Editors on 2022-10-03

In his recent book, Rejecting Retributivism,[1] Gregg Caruso offers a rigorous set of arguments to unseat retributivism as the dominant justificatory theory of punishment and to institute in its place his own public health-quarantine response to criminal wrongdoing. In these two major ambitions, I am largely sympathetic, but I part ways with respect to certain arguments and certain ways of [...]

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Comments on Gregg Caruso’s Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice. Forthcoming article by Kelly McCormick
Posted by JPE Editors on 2022-10-03

In Rejecting Retributivism Gregg Caruso offers ambitious arguments for thinking that our current retributive system of criminal punishment should be abandoned. First, Caruso offers six powerful reasons for rejecting retributivism itself, on the grounds that legal punishment cannot adequately be retributively justified. Second, Caruso proposes, develops, and defends the public health quarantine [...]

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Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice – A Précis. Forthcoming article by Gregg D. Caruso
Posted by JPE Editors on 2022-10-03

Within criminal justice systems one of the most prominent justifications for legal punishment, both historically and currently, is retributivism. The retributive justification of legal punishment maintains that, absent any excusing conditions, wrongdoers are morally responsible for their actions and deserve to be punished in proportion to their wrongdoing. Unlike theories of punishment that aim [...]

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The challenges of using machine learning for organ allocation. Reply to Sinnott-Armstrong and Skorburg By Esther Braun, Noah Broestl, Dorothy Chou, and Robert Vandersluis. Published October 15, 2021, in response to: How AI can aid bioethics
Posted by JPE Editors on 2021-10-15

In their paper "How Can AI Aid Practical Ethics", Sinnott-Armstrong and Skorburg propose an AI system for kidney allocation based on the preferences of survey participants. Their proposal that AI systems trained on large-scale survey data will result in more “informed, rational, and impartial” outcomes is optimistic. In an earlier paper, Sinnott-Armstrong and others state that “aggregating the [...]

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