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Gary Watson

Gary Watson

Provost Professor of Philosophy and Law

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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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

Los Angeles Sentinel
February 22, 2018
Re: Jody David Armour

Jody Armour was quoted about the need to reduce gun violence overall, not just in mass shooting scenarios. “A lot of times, it is members of the Black community, truly disadvantaged Blacks, turning guns on one another and squeezing the trigger,” Armour said. “If you want to reduce that rate of violence, focus on the social inequalities.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Ariela Gross
December, 2017

"Becoming Black, Becoming Free: Law, Race, Slavery and Freedom in the Americas" (with Alejandro de la Fuente),  Cambridge University Press (forthcoming Fall 2019).

Michael Chasalow
December, 2017

Michael Chasalow moderated a panel discussion on "What You Need to Know about the Exploding L.A. Technology Sector," USC Gould Institute for Corporate Counsel, Los Angeles, CA.

Gillian Hadfield
December, 2017

Gillian Hadfield's paper, "Privatizing Law: Is Rule of Law an Equilibrium Without Private Ordering?," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for the Law & Economics eJournal.