Sunday, April 27, 2014

CFP: Thom Brooks, "Punishment": Author Meets Critics special issue

Philosophy and Public Issues

Call for papers


Symposium: The Philosophy of Punishment

With a discussion of Thom Brooks’s Punishment (Routledge 2012)

Guest Editor: Daniele Santoro


Submission Deadline

Long Abstract (1,000 words max): 1 June, 2014

Full paper (10,000 words max, upon acceptance): 15 September, 2014


Invited Contributors

Anthony Duff (University of Minnesota), Michelle Dempsey (Villanova University), Richard Lippke (Indiana University), and Thom Brooks (Durham University)


Aims and Background

While it seems obvious that crimes ought to be punished, it is far from being clear how crimes ought to be punished. The practice or institution of punishment is an obligation imposed on single individual or group of people in response to a violation of some norm. As any form of coercion, punishment, to be justified, must be issued by a legitimate authority and match a set of constraints. 

There is a growing and rich discussion on the topic, which this special volume of Philosophy and Public Issues wants to capture and disclose. We encourage submissions of original papers that philosophically explore aspects of the topic of punishment from a moral, political, or legal perspective.

We expect original contributions discussing problems such as (but not limited to):

- the definition of punishment;

- the justification of punishment;

- the distribution of punishment;

- views of criminalization;

- hybrid or pluralistic theories of punishment;

- capital and other kinds of punishments;


… or any other relevant topic, subject to the Editors’ approval.


This special issue will include a discussion of Thom Brooks’s Punishment (Routledge 2013), with commentaries by Anthony Duff (University of Minnesota), Michelle Dempsey (Villanova University), Richard Lippke (Indiana University), and Daniele Santoro (Luiss), followed by Thom Brooks’s replies.


Submission Details

Please send a (.rtf, .doc or .docx) file containing a long abstract (1,000 words max) and a title, prepared for blind review with all revealing references to the author removed. All personal information (name, affiliation, and contact) must be submitted separately, along with a short abstract (200 words max). Deadline for abstract submission is 1 June, 2014. Decisions will be made within a month.


Upon notification of acceptance, you will be invited to submit the full paper (10,000 words max) no later than September 15, 2014. The volume will be published at the end of this year.

All material should be submitted on line:


Further Inquiries

Please direct any queries about this call for papers to PPI’s Editors at More information on the Philosophy and Public Issues can be found at

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