Janice Nadler: Passion, Character, and the Psychology of Punishment

Thursday, November 08, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Room
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Events and Lectures
Torres, Brigid Rose
Theology and Religious Studies

Janice Nadler: "Passion, Character, and the Psychology of Punishment"
Thursday, November 8, 2012
5:00pm, Fromm Hall, Berman Room

Janice Nadler is Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, and Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. She received a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of law and psychology, and her research focuses on social norms, compliance with the law, perceptions of injustice, negotiation, and dispute resolution. She has conducted empirical studies on how victim impact information influences judgments about criminal responsibility, how law influences behavior apart from sanctions it imposes, and how communication medium affects the process and outcomes of negotiations. Other projects have examined the psychology of coercion in the context of the Fourth Amendment, and the effect of social norms on file sharing. Currently, she is conducting (with Shari Diamond) a study of the psychology of property rights, through an examination of attitudes about eminent domain law and practice.

This fall, the Davies Forum topic is Responsibility in Law and Morality, which is being taught by Professor Manuel Vargas of the Department of Philosophy. The aim of this forum is to undertake a sustained investigation into the nature of moral and legal responsibility. In everyday life, we govern our conduct in light of expectations that we can be called to account for what we do, and what we fail to do, in our interactions with others. Philosophers have tended to think about this set of practices in terms of moral responsibility. The legal system has a similar but not identical structure: we can be held liable, punished, and even executed for our choices—but only under particular conditions. The Fall 2012 Davies Forum seminar's goal is to get students to think deeply about legal institutions and social structures concerned with responsibility in both the legal and moral senses.

For more information regarding this event, please contact the Davies Forum at (415) 422-6147.


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