It is forty years since the publication of H.L.A. Hart's Punishment and Responsibility, and almost ten years since the book's last printing (since when it was available only as a print-on-demand facsimile). The forthcoming second edition will retain the original text and pagination but with new typesetting and other presentational improvements. This paper is a new introduction to the book, which sketches Hart's main ideas, subjects them to critical assessment, locates them in the recent history of the subject, and brings out their intellectual importance.
In this LAPA seminar, Professor John Gardner will present "H.L.A. Hart's Punishment and Responsibility: Introduction to the Second Edition." Gideon Rosen will be the commentator.
John Gardner is Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford. During the spring of 2008 he is also Visiting Professor in the Philosophy Department at Princeton, under the auspices of the Council for the Humanities. He has taught at the Australian National University, Columbia University, King's College London, the University of Texas at Austin, and (on several occasions) at Yale University. His book Offences and Defences has recently been published by Oxford University Press. For more on John Gardner, please see his Oxford University profile page.
Gideon Rosen is Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, as well as Director of the Program in Humanistic Studies; Chair of the Council of the Humanities; and Director of the Stewart Seminars in Religion. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1992. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1993, having taught previously at the University of Michigan. His areas of research include metaphysics, epistemology and moral philosophy. He is the author (with John Burgess) of A Subject With No Object (Oxford, 1997). In 2002, he was the recipient of a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, which gave him the opportunity to spend the 2003-2004 academic year at the New York University Law School taking the first-year law school curriculum and serving as a Hauser Fellow in Global Law. Gideon Rosen is Chair of the Council of the Humanities. For more on Gideon Rosen, please see his LAPA profile page.