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CCP Annual Lecture: “Prison Abolition: the limits functional critique”
18 April 2019 @ 15:00 - 17:00
The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is delighted to announce the
CPP Annual Lecture
Tommie Shelby (Harvard)
“Prison Abolition: the limits functional critique”
Date: Thursday, 18 April 2019
Time: 15:00-17:00, drinks afterwards.
Place: Institute of Philosophy, P.J. Vethgebouw, room 1.01, Nonnensteeg 1-3, Leiden.
About the lecture
Prison are problematic institutions. Some believe that prisons are too soft on the inmates and insufficiently deterrent. Other argue rather that prison harden inmates into worse people and do not contribute to a safer society. They also argue that the prison system affects minorities harder than the majority groups in society. Not only are they inefficient, they are also unjust. Some radical thinkers in the USA, most notably Angela Davis, argue that prisons should be abolished altogether. In his lecture, Shelby will evaluate this radical criticism in order to determine whether and if so what type of prison reform are desirable.
About Tommie Shelby
Tommie Shelby is Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform (2016); We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (2005) and editor (with Derrick Darby) of Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (2005). In addition to these books, he has published several articles and book chapters in the area of Africana and African-American philosophy.
Tommie Shelby is an important philosophical voice in the current debates about racism and racial justice in the USA. This will be his first visit to the Netherlands.
About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP)
The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. See https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-philosophy/centre-for-political-philosophy for more information.
Attendance of the Annual Lecture is free and there is no need to register.
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