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dc.contributor.authorGreenwood, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-10T17:43:07Z
dc.date.available2020-09-10T17:43:07Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/79832
dc.description.abstractThe retributive justification of Canadian criminal law contains several assumptions about human nature that conflicts with what neuroscience has established regarding human behavior and the function of rationality. Interdisciplinary discourse on this conflict between law and neuroscience has unnecessarily implicated the free will debate and is further stagnated by epistemic cultural differences between the two disciplines. To avoid these roadblocks, this thesis applies the methodological principles of pragmatic philosophy. Rather than asking which description of human nature is true, pragmatic inquiry focuses on the difference either would make in practice. This analysis reveals that retributive folk psychology in practice causes various negative effects. In contrast, neuroscience offers practical insight into human behaviour that enables us to understand longstanding problems in the Canadian criminal justice system. Furthermore, coupled with compatible norms derived from alternative legal theory, it can support the development of progressive reforms in criminal justice.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectretributionen_US
dc.subjectcriminal lawen_US
dc.subjectnormative theoryen_US
dc.subjectneuroscienceen_US
dc.subjectcriminal liabilityen_US
dc.subjectmoral theoryen_US
dc.subjectKanten_US
dc.subjectRortyen_US
dc.subjectliberalismen_US
dc.subjectcriminal justiceen_US
dc.subjectcriminal sentencingen_US
dc.subjectcriminal responsibilityen_US
dc.subjectjust desertsen_US
dc.subjectrestorative justiceen_US
dc.subjectshared responsibilityen_US
dc.subjectpragmatismen_US
dc.subjectlaw and philosophyen_US
dc.titleMETAPHYSICS & MORALS IN CANADIAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE: A PRAGMATIC ANALYSIS OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN NEUROSCIENCE AND RETRIBUTIVE FOLK PSYCHOLOGYen_US
dc.date.defence2020-08-19
dc.contributor.departmentFaculty of Lawen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Lawsen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerDiana Ginnen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorLucie Guibaulten_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerAdelina Ifteneen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorBruce Archibalden_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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