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  1. Steven Sverdlik, Deterrent Punishment in Utilitarianism.
    This is a presentation of the utilitarian approach to punishment. It is meant for students. The first section discusses Bentham's psychological hedonism. The second briefly criticizes it. The third section explains abstractly how utilitarianism would determine of the right amount of punishment. The fourth section applies the theory to some cases, and brings out how utilitarianism could favor punishments more or less severe than the lex talionis.
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    Alfred Mele & Steven Sverdlik (1996). Intention, Intentional Action, and Moral Responsibility. Philosophical Studies 82 (3):265 - 287.
  3. Steven Sverdlik, The Origins of the Objection.
    It is considered to be a devastating objection to utilitarianism (and consequentialism) that it would sometimes favor deliberately punishing an innocent person. I call this The Objection. In this paper I try to find the origin of The Objection. Although various writers have suggested that it occurs much earlier, I claim that it emerged in Oxford in the late 1920's, and may have been invented by W. D. Ross.
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    Steven Sverdlik (2004). Intentionality and Moral Judgments in Commonsense Thought About Action. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 24 (2):224-236.
    The concept of intentional action occupies a central place in commonsense or folk psychological thought. Philosophers of action, psychologists and moral philosophers all have taken an interest in understanding this important concept. One issue that has been discussed by philosophers is whether the concept of intentional action is purely ‘naturalistic’, that is, whether it is entirely a descriptive concept that can be used to explain and predict behavior. (Of course, judgments using such a concept could be used to support moral (...)
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    Steven Sverdlik (forthcoming). Kantianism, Consequentialism and Deterrence. In Christian Seidel (ed.), Consequentialism: New Directions, New Problems? Oxford University Press
    It is often argued that Kantian and consequentialist approaches to the philosophy of punishment differ on the question of whether using punishment to achieve deterrence is morally acceptable. I show that this is false: both theories judge it to be acceptable. Showing this requires attention to what the Formula of Humanity in Kant requires agents to do. If we use the correct interpretation of this formula we can also see that an anti-consequentialist moral principle used by Victor Tadros to (...)
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    Steven Sverdlik (1987). Collective Responsibility. Philosophical Studies 51 (1):61 - 76.
    More than one person can be responsible for a particular state of affairs--In this sense collective moral responsibility does indeed exist. However, Even in such cases, Moral responsibility is still fundamentally individualized since each agent responsible for a particular state of affairs is responsible for his/her actions which have the intention of producing this state of affairs.
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    Steven Sverdlik (1996). Motive and Rightness. Ethics 106 (2):327-349.
    Motive and Rightness is the first book-length attempt to answer the question: Does the motive of an action ever make a difference to whether that action is ...
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    Steven Sverdlik (1983). The Nature of Desert. Southern Journal of Philosophy 21 (4):585-594.
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    Steven Sverdlik (1986). Hume's Key and Aesthetic Rationality. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 45 (1):69-76.
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    Steven Sverdlik (1993). Pure Negligence. American Philosophical Quarterly 30 (2):137 - 149.
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    Steven Sverdlik (2001). Kant, Nonaccidentalness and the Availability of Moral Worth. Journal of Ethics 5 (4):293-313.
    Contemporary Kantians who defend Kant''s view of the superiority of the sense of duty as a form of motivation appeal to various ideas. Some say, if only implicitly, that the sense of duty is always ``available'''' to an agent, when she has a moral obligation. Some, like Barbara Herman, say that the sense of duty provides a ``nonaccidental'''' connection between an agent''s motivation and the act''s rightness. In this paper I show that the ``availability'''' and ``nonaccidentalness'''' arguments are in tension (...)
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    Steven Sverdlik (1988). Crime and Moral Luck. American Philosophical Quarterly 25 (1):79 - 86.
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    Steven Sverdlik (forthcoming). The Permissibility of Deterrence. In Christian Seidel (ed.), Consequentialism: New Directions, New problems? Oxford University Press
    Many philosophers argue that is morally objectionable in principle to punish people in order to deter others from committing crimes. Such punishment is said to treat the offender simply as a means to benefit others. This Kantian argument rests on a certain reading of the Formula of Humanity. However, the central concept in that formula is not ‘treating a person simply as a means’, but rather ‘treating a person as an end’. This conclusion speaks against the moral principle that Victor (...)
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    Steven Sverdlik (1996). Consistency Among Intentions and the 'Simple View'. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 26 (4):515 - 522.
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    Steven Sverdlik (2014). Punishment and Reform. Criminal Law and Philosophy 8 (3):619-633.
    The reform of offenders is often said to be one of the morally legitimate aims of punishment. After briefly surveying the history of reformist thinking I examine the ‘quasi-reform’ theories, as I call them, of H. Morris, J. Hampton and A. Duff. I explain how they conceive of reform, and what role they take it to have in the criminal justice system. I then focus critically on one feature of their conception of reform, namely, the claim that a reformed offender (...)
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    Steven Sverdlik (1988). Punishment. Law and Philosophy 7 (2):179 - 201.
    The main previous analyses of punishment by Hart, Feinberg and Wasserstrom are considered and criticized. One persistent fault is the neglect of the idea that in punishment the person subjected to it is represented as having no valid excuse for wrongdoing. A new analysis is proposed which attempts to specify in what sense punishment by its very nature is retributive, as Wasserstrom has asserted. Certain problematic cases such as strict liability offenses and pre-trial detention are considered in light of the (...)
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    Steven Sverdlik (2002). Unconscious Evil Principles. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 9 (1):13-14.
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    Steven Sverdlik (1985). Counterexamples in Ethics. Metaphilosophy 16 (2‐3):130-145.
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    Steven Sverdlik (1983). The Logic of Desert. Journal of Value Inquiry 17 (4):317-324.
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    Steven Sverdlik (1985). Sidgwick's Methodology. Journal of the History of Philosophy 23 (4):537-553.
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    Steven Sverdlik, Tomas Kulka & David C. Graves (1991). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 21 (1-2):141-159.
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    Steven Sverdlik (1985). Justice and Mercy. Journal of Social Philosophy 16 (3):36-47.
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  23. Steven Sverdlik (1983). Distributing Ackerman's Manna. Reason Papers 9:51-56.
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