Hitting someone without their consent, spitting at someone, or throwing a ball hard at their head: these are all examples of what in Tort Law is called battery. John Mikhail thinks that our judgments that people who commit battery are blameworthy reveals someting important about morality and its sources.
What is criminal responsibility? How does the criminal law relate to morality? Is criminal responsibility a timeless concept, or is it tied to historical circumstances, part of a social practice? Nicola Lacey addresses these questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Why should people be punished for their crimes? Is it bad that those punished suffer? Victor Tadros explores these questions in discussion with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Do children have an innate pre-disposition to make certain sorts of moral judgement? Is there such a think as a universal moral grammar? John Mikhail of Georgetown University suspects that there is an innate basis to our morality analogous to Noam Chomsky's Language Acquisition Device. He explains why in conversation with David Edmonds.