An Alternative to the Moral Responsibility System
The Injustice of Punishment (Routledge 2018) describes a genuine alternative to the moral responsibility system. That alternative system is already being developed -- through the work of those who successfully implemented the no blame approach in manufacturing, air traffic control, and elsewhere; through the "beyond blame and shame" movement in medicine; through radically new and effective models in criminology; through the emphasis on "total system" and "commitment" approaches in management; and in the vast psychological and biological research that has demonstrated the importance of situations, early childhood environments, and the combined effects of biosocial factors. This is not a philosophical creation, but instead a systemic approach that has proved its worth in business, medicine, criminology, and manufacturing. The book is also an attack on the systemic beliefs that block adoption of this kinder, more effective, and better informed system. Finally, it offers an answer to the question that poses the greatest challenge for any systemic alternative to the moral responsibility system: what do you do about punishment?
Saul Smilansky's review of The Injustice of Punishment, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, is here
The Amazon page for The Injustice of Punishment is here