Barry Lam

Host of HI-PHI NATION

Barry Lam is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Vassar College, where he teaches about knowledge, rationality,  the philosophy of language, life, death, and justice. He is also host and executive producer of Slate’s Hi-Phi Nation podcast, a show that blends philosophy with stories from everyday life, science, politics, the arts, and law. Season 4 of the show is dedicated to the philosophy of crime and punishment, taking the listener through the philosophical issues in criminal justice from criminalization, policing, imprisonment, and reintegration.

Videos

Guilt and the Excuses

Guilt and the Excuses

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Rule of Law for Discretion in Sentencing

Rule of Law for Discretion in Sentencing

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Should there be lifelong or permanent punishments?

Should there be lifelong or permanent punishments?

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Proportionality in Punishment

Proportionality in Punishment

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Non Retributivist Justifications of Punishment

Non Retributivist Justifications of Punishment

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Retributivist Justifications of Punishment

Retributivist Justifications of Punishment

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Proportioning Verdicts and Punishments to Evidence

Proportioning Verdicts and Punishments to Evidence

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Mens Rea Requirements in Criminalization

Mens Rea Requirements in Criminalization

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What Should We Criminalize: The Common Good

What Should We Criminalize: The Common Good

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What Should we Criminalize: Moral Wrongs

What Should we Criminalize: Moral Wrongs

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