On Responsibility in Science and Law
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I argue that responsibility and determinism are not antithetical but mutually supportive ideas; that factors affecting responsibility, such as drugs and mental and physiological conditions, may be the occasion for increased or decreased penalties; and that the decision in such cases is not scientific but moral. I conclude, contra some modern authorities, that there is no opposition between science and law.
CitationStaddon, J. (1999) On responsibility in science and law. Social Philosophy and Policy, 16, 146-174.
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John E. R. Staddon
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience
Until my retirement in 2007, my laboratory did experimental research on learning and adaptive behavior, mostly with animals: pigeons, rats, fish, parakeets. We were particularly interested in timing and memory, feeding regulation, habituation and the ways in which pigeons and rats adapt to reward schedules. The aim is to arrive at simple models for learning that can help to identify the underlying neural mechanisms. I continue to do theoretical and historical work on the power law in
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