Christopher BennettPhoto of Chris Bennett

BA Stirling, MA, PhD Sheffield

Christopher Bennett is Head of the Department of Philosophy. His interests are in moral, political and legal philosophy. He also has interests in moral psychology and the history of philosophy. From 2013-2018 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Selected publications

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

'Expressive Actions' in C. Abell and J. Smith (eds), Emotional Expression (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

'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, 2017)

'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:

  • Foucault and obesity
  • Sexual ethics
  • Transitional Justice
  • Kantian approaches to bioethics