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Gary Watson

Gary Watson

Provost Professor Emeritus of Law and Philosophy

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Last Updated: August 9, 2019




Gary Watson is one of the country’s leading philosophers, whose writings have shaped our understanding of the nature of moral agency, moral responsibility, freedom of action, and freedom of the will. His interest in concepts of legal responsibility target the relations between moral and criminal responsibility and the criminal law’s conceptions of moral agency.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Psychopathic Agency and Prudential Deficits,” 113 Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 269 (2013) Part 3.
  • “Responsibility and the Limits of Evil: Variations on a Strawsonian Theme,” in The Philosophy of Free Will: Essential Readings from the Contemporary Debates (Paul Russell and Oisin Deery, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • “Asymmetry and Rational Ability,” Book Symposium:  Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility, 86 Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 467 (2013).
  • “The Insanity Defense,” in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law (Andrei Marmor, ed., Routledge, 2012).

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RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Felipe Jiménez
November, 2020

"Rethinking Contract Remedies," Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.

Ariela Gross
November, 2020

“Mourning, Memory, and Metahistory,” English Language Notes (forthcoming 2021).

Ariela Gross
November, 2020

“Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana,” Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University Annual Conference on Cuban Slavery, Yale University, New Haven, CT.