Christopher Bennett (BA Stirling, MA, PhD Sheffield)


What Is This Thing Called Ethics? (London: Routledge, 2010 - 2nd ed. 2015)

The Apology Ritual: A Philosophical Theory of Punishment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Journal Articles

‘Shoemaker on Sentiments and Quality of Will,’ Criminal Law and Philosophy (2019)

‘The Alteration Thesis: Forgiveness as a Normative Power,’ Philosophy and Public Affairs 46 (2018)

‘Invisible Punishment is Wrong: But Why? The Normative Basis of Criticism of Collateral Harms of Criminal Conviction,’ Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 56 (2017), pp. 480-499

‘Expression, Freedom of Speech and the State,’ Jurisprudence 8 (2017), pp. 360-369

‘A Review of David Owens, Shaping the Normative Landscape,’ Jurisprudence 6 (2015), 364-370

‘Penal Disenfranchisement’, Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (2014), pp. 411-425

"Considering Capital Punishment As A Human Interaction" Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013)

"Precis of the Apology Ritual" and "Reply to Commentators" Teorema 31 (2012)

"Excuses, Justifications and the Normativity of Expressive Behaviour" Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 32 (2012)

"Expressive Punishment and State Authority" Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 8 (2012)

"State Denunciation of Crime"
Journal of Moral Philosophy
vol. 3, 2006, pp. 288-304

"Autonomy and Conjugal Love: a Reply to Golash"
Res Publica
vol. 12, 2006, 191-201

"Taking the Sincerity Out Of Saying Sorry: Restorative Justice as Ritual"
Journal of Applied Philosophy
vol. 23, 2006, pp. 127-143

“Communities at work? The concept of 'community' in organisational analysis” (with Michael Bennett and Stephen Bennett)
Philosophy of Management
vol. 5, 2005, pp. 31-42

"On the Right to be Punished: Responsibility and the Critique of the Rehabilitative Ideal"
Criminal Justice Matters
vo. 60, 2005, pp. 20-1

"The Limits of Mercy"
vol.17, no.2, 2004, pp. 1-11

"A Problem Case for Public Reason"
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
vol.6, no.3, 2003, pp. 49-68

"Is Amnesty a Collective Act of Forgiveness?"
Contemporary Political Theory
vol.2, no.1, 2003, pp. 67-76

"Personal and Redemptive Forgiveness"
European Journal of Philosophy
vol.11, no.2, 2003, pp. 127-144

"Liberalism, Autonomy and Conjugal Love"
Res Publica
vol. 9, 2003, pp. 285-301

"The Varieties of Retributive Experience"
Philosophical Quarterly
vol.52, no.207, 2002, pp. 145-163

“McTaggart on the Right to be Punished”
Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain
Nos 37/38 (Double Issue), 1998, pp. 85-96

Book Chapters

‘How Should We Argue for a Censure Theory of Punishment?’ in A. Dubois-Pedain and A. E. Bottoms (eds), Penal Censure: Engagements With and Beyond Desert Theory (Oxford: Hart, forthcoming 2019)

‘Punishment,’ (co-authored with Kimberley Brownlee) in J. Tasioulas (ed), Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019)

‘Intrusive Intervention and Opacity Respect’ in D. Birks and T. Douglas (eds), Treatment for Crime: Philosophical Essays on Neurointerventions in Criminal Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

‘Children, Crime and Punishment’ in G. Calder, A. Gheaus and J. de Wispaelere (eds), Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 395-405

‘Retributivism and Totality: Can the Punishment of Multiple Offenders Fit the Crime?’ in J. Roberts and J. Ryberg (eds), Sentencing Multiple Crimes (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2017), pp. 57-74

‘Freedom, Grace and the Expression of Emotion: Schiller and the Critique of Kant’ in A. Cohen and R. Stern (eds), Emotions in the History of Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 184-205

‘Expressive Actions’ in C. Abell and J. Smith (eds), The Expression of Emotion: Philosophical, Psychological and Legal Perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 73-94

‘The Role of Remorse in Criminal Justice,’ Oxford Handbooks Online (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

‘Why Greater Public Participation in Criminal Justice?’ in A. Dzur, I. Loader and R. Sparks (eds), Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 114-139

‘Punishment as an Apology Ritual’ in C. Flanders and Z. Hoskins (eds), The New Philosophy of Criminal Law (Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), pp. 213-230

“Public Opinion and Democratic Control of Sentencing Policy” in J. Roberts and J. Ryberg (eds), Popular Punishment: On the Normative Significance of Public Opinion for Penal Theory (Oxford University Press, 2014)

“Retributivism: New Directions” in G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburg (eds), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 7 vols (Springer, forthcoming 2013)

"The Expressive Function of Blame" in J. Coates and N. Tognazzini (eds)
Blame: Its Nature and Norms 
(Oxford University Press, 2012)

"Do Multiple and Repeat Offenders Pose a Problem for Retributive Sentencing Theory?" in  C Tamburrini and J. Ryberg, Recidivist Punishments: The Philosopher's View
(Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012)

"Punishment and Rehabilitation"
in J. Ryberg and J. Angelo Corlett (eds), Punishment and Ethics: New Perspectives
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

"'More to Apologise For'": Can We Find A Justification for the Recidivist Premium in a Communicative Theory of Punishment?"
in J. Roberts and A. von Hirsch (ed.), Previous Convictions at Sentencing: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
(Oxford: Hart, 2010)

"Blame, Guilt and Forgiveness"
in J. Skorupski (ed.), Routledge Companion to Ethics
(London: Routledge, 2009)

"Apology and Reparation in a Multicultural State"
in R. Harrison (ed.), Law and Philosophy
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 459-484

"Satisfying the Needs and Interests of Victims"
in G. Johnstone and D. Van Ness (eds), The Handbook of Restorative Justice
(Cullompton: Willan, 2006), pp. 247-264

Review Articles

"Review of Carla Bagnoli (ed.), Morality and the Emotions," Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (online 2013)

"Review of Vera Bergelson, Victims' Rights and Victims' Wrongs"
Criminal Law and Philosophy 6 (2012)

"Actions, Institutions and the Common Good (Review of Seumas Miller, The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions)"
Criminal Justics Ethics 30 (2011)

"Recent Work on Punishment"
Philosophical Books
vol.45, no.4, 2004, pp. 324-334

“Forgiveness and the Claims of Retribution” (extended review of Trudy Govier, Forgiveness and Revenge)
Journal of Moral Philosophy
vol. 1, no. 1, 2004, pp. 89-102

“Punishment, Moral Community and Moral Argument: a Review of R. A. Duff, Punishment, Communication and Community and Matt Matravers, Justice and Punishment: The Rationale of Coercion”
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
vol. 4, no. 3, 2001, pp. 101-119