Episode 81

Against Retribution


February 23rd, 2022

1 hr 10 mins 42 secs

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About this Episode

Alexa moonlights as a guest and answers Yoel's questions about her recent paper, in which she argues that the criminal justice system should abandon retribution. Alexa claims that when we ask if someone is blameworthy, we are asking social scientific questions: Were they rational? Were they being coerced? Were they acting out of character? We discuss some aspects of the social scientific evidence - from vignettes about soaping windows to group-to-individual inference - and consider whether it can provide satisfying answers. And, Yoel challenges Alexa to consider whether her utopian vision might have unintended consequences.

Plus, we talk about Canadian truckers, and Alexa keeps her valentine's day collage shrouded in mystery.

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