Gideon Yaffe to Present Inaugural Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Lecture
Gideon Yaffe, the Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at Yale, will give the inaugural Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Lecture at 4:30 p.m. on September 23, 2019 in Room 127 of Sterling Law Building. In his lecture titled “The Norm-Shift Theory of Punishment,” Yaffe will offer a new philosophical theory of punishment and draw out some of its implications.
Yaffe writes about the philosophy of criminal law, and collaborates with neuroscientists on experiments aimed at understanding the psychological states involved in criminally responsible action.
The lecture series is named for legal scholar Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld, whose work formed the foundation of the “bundle of sticks” notion of property and substantially impacted the Restatement (First) of Property. His most influential works were produced while he was a professor at Yale Law School from 1913 to 1918. His two best-known articles were published in the Yale Law Journal in 1913 and 1917.