Christopher Bennett

BA Stirling, MA, PhD Sheffield


Christopher Bennett is a Reader in the Philosophy Department. His interests are in moral, political and legal philosophy. He also has interests in moral psychology and the history of philosophy. Since July 2013 he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Selected publications

'Expressive Actions' in C. Abell and J. Smith (eds), Emotional Expression (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

'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 University Press, forthcoming)

'Considering Capital Punishment as a Human Interaction,' Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2013)

'Excuses, Justifications and the Normativity of Expressive Behaviour,' Oxford Journal of Legal Studies vol. 32 no. 3 (2012)

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

'The Varieties of Retributive Experience,' Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 48 No. 207 (April 2002), pp. 145-163

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Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising PhD students working on the following topics:

  • Meaning in life
  • Sexual self-determination
  • Consent
  • Emotions and ethics in aesthetics