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Simone Weil lecture tackles responsibility, community and criminal law

Professor Antony Duff will give this year’s Simone Weil Lectures on Human Value in both Sydney and Melbourne for Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Professor Antony DuffProfessor Antony Duff

A Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stirling, and Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Duff is internationally renowned for his work on the philosophy of criminal law.

“A central function of criminal law concerns the attribution of responsibility. The criminal law defines a range of public wrongs… and it provides for those who commit such wrongs to be held responsible for them through the criminal process of trial and punishment,” Professor Duff said.

“… to call another person to answer, to hold him responsible, is to address him as a fellow member of a community by whose values we are all both bound and protected.

“We must ask whether the institutions and practices of our criminal laws do address offenders and defendants as citizens; we must ask what kind of criminal law, and in particular what kinds of punishment, citizens can properly impose on each other; and we must ask what moral consequences flow from a failure to recognise our civic fellowship with those whom we would punish.”

The Simone Weil Lectures on Human Value are held each year by a visiting international scholar for ACU’s School of Philosophy. They are inspired by Weil's commitment to recognising the full humanity of our fellow human being, her moral idealism, and her commitment to social justice issues.

The Sydney lecture will be held on Monday 2 August at 6pm in the Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, State Library of NSW. The cost is $22, $15 for friends and student concessions, and $20 for seniors. Bookings on 02 9273 1770 or bookings@sl.nsw.gov.au

The Melbourne lecture will be held on Thursday 5 August at 6.30pm in the Michael Chamberlin Lecture Theatre, St Vincent’s Hospital Function Centre, 27 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy. The lecture is free and no bookings are required.

For more information email Leonie Martino on leonie.martino@acu.edu.au or phone (03) 9953 3160.

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