Punishment, Politics, and Culture
From The Gospel of Matthew to George Bernard Shaw and former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, many have remarked that how a society punishes reveals its true character. The way a society punishes demonstrates its commitment to standards of judgment and justice, its distinctive views of blame and responsibility, its understandings of mercy and forgiveness, and its particular ways of responding to evil. This four-week seminar will examine the nature and limits of punishment and its place in the American story and will improve participants’ understanding of an important object of humanistic inquiry.
Funded through the Division of Education Programs