Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology
Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale. His research interests include the philosophy of law, particularly criminal law; the study of metaphysics including causation, free will and personal identity; and the study of intention and the theory of action.FULL BIOGRAPHY
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Education & Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. (Philosophy), Stanford University, 1998
A.B., Harvard University, 1992
- Criminal Law and Administration
- Philosophy of Law
- Addiction and the Law: Perspectives from Philosophy, Economics, and Neuroscience
Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale. His research interests include the philosophy of law, particularly criminal law; the study of metaphysics including causation, free will and personal identity; and the study of intention and the theory of action. He has also written about the history of early modern philosophy. Professor Yaffe also collaborates with several neuroscientists to devise experiments that aim to be of legal and philosophical significance and has written about the relevance of the neuroscience of addiction to the criminal culpability of addicts. His 2010 book Attempts concerns the philosophical foundations of the law governing attempted crimes. His 2017 book The Age of Culpability concerns the philosophical grounds for leniency towards child criminals. He holds an A.B. in philosophy from Harvard and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford. Prior to joining Yale in 2012, he was a Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Southern California. He was also a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon Foundation, and he was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2015.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Trump’s administration says the travel ban isn’t like Japanese internment. It is.—A Commentary by Duncan Williams and Gideon Yaffe
Duncan Williams is an associate professor of religion and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Southern California and Gideon Yaffe is Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
On Tuesday, April 18, the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy welcomed Professor Tim Wu of Columbia Law School for a discussion of his book, The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Professor of Law Gideon Yaffe is quoted in an article about a study he authored that suggests brain scans can distinguish between criminal intent and simple reckless behavior.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Activists say Airbnb drives up rents. But is that actually true? L.A. needs to find out—A Commentary by Gideon Yaffe
Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Gideon Yaffe, a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Psychology at Yale has been awarded a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Gideon Yaffe, a professor of philosophy and law at the University of Southern California, will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2012, as a Professor of Law.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
USC Professor Gideon Daniel Yaffe will deliver a Dean’s Lecture Nov. 3 on the topic, “Criminal Responsibility & Neuroscience: The Absurd, the Overstated, and the Potentially Useful (someday, maybe).”