Thursday, April 24, 2008

Subjects, objects, justice

Will Saletan does a roundup of various news items and scientific studies in his Human Nature column at Slate. I thought this one would be of interest to the CLR. Blurb:

"... [DNA-based decreased culpability arguments are causing] a gradual invasion of personal responsibility by genetic determinism. It's a conceptual shift from thinking of people as subjects to thinking of them as objects. The shift helps defense lawyers who need excuses for their clients' behavior. But it comes at a price: If your client is an object, why should we treat him like a subject?"

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