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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).

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
December 2, 2019
Re: Jonathan Handel

Jonathan Handel was quoted on Pete Davidson's nondisclosure agreement for attending his comedy shows, barring the audience from speaking about his shows. Handel mentioned that successfully suing a random fan for $1 million would be nearly impossible. “The optics of going to court and suing one of your fans is really pretty ugly,” Handel said. “It would be foolish to do that.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Scott Altman
October, 2019

"Are Boycotts, Shunning, and Shaming Corrupt?” Legal Theory Workshop, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA.

Gregory Keating
October, 2019

Gregory Keating’s paper, “Is Tort Law ‘Private’?” was reviewed by Ellen Bublick as a significant work of scholarship relating to Tort Law in JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), on October 15, 2019.

Dan Simon
October, 2019

“Confessions True and False,” Korean Society for Criminal Law, Yonsei University Law School, Seoul, South Korea.