Christopher BennettPhoto of Chris Bennett

BA Stirling, MA, PhD Sheffield

Christopher Bennett is a Professor 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. 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

See a full list of publications

Postgraduate supervision

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

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

Office Hours - Spring 2018-19

Monday 11am-12 noon
Tuesday 12 noon-1.00pm