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About Professor Gregg D. Caruso

Gregg D. Caruso is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Corning, Visiting Fellow at New College of the Humanities (NCH London), and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He is also Co-Director of the Justice Without Retribution Network housed at the University of Aberdeen School of Law.

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Philosophy (2011) City University of New York, Graduate School and University Center City

M.Phil. in Philosophy (2002) City University of New York, Graduate School and University Center City

B.A. in Philosophy (1996) William Paterson University

A.A.S. in Music (1995) Nassau Community College

Professional Organizations, Societies, and Editorial Boards

Co-Director, Justice Without Retribution Network, University of Aberdeen (Scotland), 2015-present

Associate, Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull, 2016-present

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Science, Religion and Culture (SRC), 2014-2020

President, Southwestern Philosophical Society (SWPS), 2014-2020

Vice President, Southwestern Philosophical Society (SWPS), 2014-2020

Executive Committee Member (at Large), Southwestern Philosophical Society (SWPS), 2012-2013

Journal of Mind and Behavior, Assessing Editor, 2008-present

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Professor Gregg D. Caruso's Research

Professor Caruso’s research focuses on free will, moral responsibility, punishment, philosophy of law, jurisprudence, social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and neurolaw.

Publications

Authored Books:

Caruso, Gregg D. (2021). Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice. New York:
Cambridge University Press.

Dennett, Daniel, and Gregg D. Caruso. (2021). Just Deserts: Debating Free Will. New York: Polity Books.
Caruso, Gregg D. (2012). Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will.
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Short Books:

Caruso, Gregg D., and Derk Pereboom (under contract). Moral Responsibility Skepticism. New York:
Cambridge University Press. [CUP Elements Series]

Gregg D. Caruso. (2017). Public Health and Safety: The Social Determinants of Health and Criminal Behavior.
UK: ResearchLinks Books.

Edited Collections:

Shaw, Elizabeth, Derk Pereboom, and Gregg D. Caruso (eds.) (2019). Free Will Skepticism in Law and Society: Challenging Retributive Justice. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Caruso, Gregg D., and Owen Flanagan. (eds.) (2018). Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience. New York: Oxford University Press.

Caruso, Gregg D. (ed.) (2018). Ted Honderich on Consciousness, Determinism, and Humanity. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Caruso, Gregg D. (ed.) (2014). Science and Religion: 5 Questions. London: Automatic Press/VIP.

Caruso, Gregg D. (ed.) (2013). Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Edited Journal Special Issues:

Focquaert, Farah, Derk Pereboom, Gregg D. Caruso, and Elizabeth Shaw. 2020. Justice Without Retribution: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Stakeholder Views, and Practical Implications. Neuroethics Vol. 13. Issue 1.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Gregg D. Caruso (forthcoming). “The Public Health-Quarantine Model,” in Oxford Handbook on Moral Responsibility, eds. Dana Nelkin and Derk Pereboom. New York: Oxford University Press.

Earp, Brian D., Jim A.C. Everett, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Gregg D. Caruso, Azim Shariff, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (forthcoming). “Determined to Be Humble? Exploring the Relationship Between Belief in Free Will and Humility.” Meta-Psychology.

Earp, Brian D., Jonathan Lewis, Carl L. Heart, with Bioethicists and Allied Professionals for Drug Policy Reform. (2021). “Racial Justice Requires Drug Policy Overhaul: Bioethicists and Others Against the War on Drugs.” American Journal of Bioethics. DOI 10.1080/15265161.2020.1861364

Gregg D. Caruso and Derk Pereboom (2020). “A Non-Punitive Alternative to Punishment,” in Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment, eds. Farah Focquaert, Bruce Waller, and Elizabeth Shaw, pp.355-365. New York: Routledge. [Italian translation republished in Diritto Penale e Uomo 2021: 1-18 (translation by Susanna Arcieri)]

Gregg D. Caruso (2020). “On the Compatibility of Rational Deliberation and Determinism: Why Deterministic Manipulation is Not a Counterexample.” Philosophical Quarterly. DOI: 10.1093/pq/pqaao6I

Gregg D. Caruso (2020). “Buddhism, Free Will, and Punishment: Taking Buddhist Ethics Seriously.” Zygon 55(2): 474-496.

Gregg D. Caruso (2020). “Justice Without Retribution: An Epistemic Argument against Retributive Criminal Punishment,” Neuroethics 13(1): 13-28.

Focquaert, Farah, Gregg D. Caruso, Elizabeth Shaw, and Derk Pereboom (2020). “Justice Without Retribution: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Stakeholder Views and Practical Implications,” Neuroethics 13(1): 1-3.

Gregg D. Caruso, Elizabeth Shaw, and Derk Pereboom (2019). “Free Will Skepticism in Law and Society: An Overview,” in Free Will Skepticism in Law and Society, ed. Elizabeth Shaw, Derk Pereboom, and Gregg D. Caruso, pp.1-26. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gregg D. Caruso (2019). “A Defense of the Luck Pincer: Why Luck (Still) Undermines Moral Responsibility,” Journal of Information Ethics 28(1): 51-72. [Special Issue on the future of Moral Responsibility]

Gregg D. Caruso (2019). “Free Will Skepticism and Its Implications: An Argument for Optimism,” in Free Will Skepticism in Law and Society, ed. Elizabeth Shaw, Derk Pereboom, and Gregg D. Caruso, pp.43-72. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gregg D. Caruso (2018). “Consciousness, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility,” in The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, ed. Rocco J. Gennaro, pp.78-91. London: Routledge.

Gregg D. Caruso (2018). “Skepticism about Moral Responsibility,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/skepticism-moral-responsibility/

Derk Pereboom and Gregg D. Caruso (2018). “Hard-Incompatibilist Existentialism: Neuroscience, Punishment, and Meaning in Life” in Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience, eds. Gregg D. Caruso and Owen Flanagan, pp.193-222. New York: Oxford University Press.

Owen Flanagan and Gregg D. Caruso (2018). “Neuroexistentialism: Third-Wave Existentialism,” in Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience, eds. Gregg D. Caruso and Owen Flanagan, pp.1-22. New York: Oxford University Press.

Daniel C. Dennett and Gregg D. Caruso (2018). “Just Deserts: Can we be morally responsible for our actions? Yes, says Daniel Dennett. No, says Gregg Caruso.” Aeon. October 4, 2018: https://aeon.co/essays/on-free-will-daniel-dennett-and-gregg-caruso-go-head-to-head

Gregg D. Caruso (2018). “Origination, Moral Responsibility, and Life-Hopes: Ted Honderich on Determinism and Freedom,” in Ted Honderich on Consciousness, Determinism, and Humanity, ed. Gregg D. Caruso, pp.195-216. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gregg D. Caruso and Stephen G. Morris (2017). “Compatibilism and Retributive Desert Moral Responsibility: On What Is of Central Philosophical and Practical Importance.” Erkenntnis 82: 837-855.

Gregg D. Caruso (2017). “Free Will Skepticism and the Question of Creativity: Creativity, Desert, and Self-Creation.” Ergo 3 (23): 591-607.

Gregg D. Caruso (2016). “Free Will Skepticism and Criminal Behavior: A Public Health-Quarantine Model,” Southwest Philosophy Review 32 (1): 25-48. [Presidential Address to the Southwestern Philosophical Society.]

Gregg D. Caruso (2015). “Free Will Eliminativism: Reference, Error, and Phenomenology” Philosophical Studies 172 (10): 2823-2833.

Gregg D. Caruso (2015). “If consciousness is necessary for moral responsibility, then people are less responsible than we think,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 22 (7-8): 49-60.

Gregg D. Caruso (2015). “Précis of Neil Levy’s Consciousness and Moral Responsibility,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 22 (7-8): 7-15.

Gregg D. Caruso (2014). “Précis of Derk Pereboom’s Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life,” Science, Religion and Culture 1, 3: 178-201. [Part of a book symposium w/Derk Pereboom, John Martin Fisher, and Dana Nelkin.]

Gregg D. Caruso (2014). “(Un)just Deserts: The Dark Side of Moral Responsibility,” Southwest Philosophy Review 30, 1: 27-38.

Gregg D. Caruso (2013). “Introduction: Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility,” in Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility, ed. Gregg D. Caruso, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books: 1-16.

Gregg D. Caruso (2011). “Compatibilism and the Folk Psychology of Free Will,” in An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, Vol. V, ed. Patricia Hanna, Athens, Greece: ATINER: 215-226.

Gregg D. Caruso (2008). “Consciousness and Free Will: A Critique of the Argument from Introspection,” Southwest Philosophy Review 24, 1: 219-231.

Gregg D. Caruso (2007). “Realism, Naturalism, and Pragmatism: A Closer Look at the Views of Quine and Devitt,” Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 21: 64-83.

Gregg D. Caruso (2005). “Sensory States, Consciousness, and the Cartesian Assumption,” in Descartes and Cartesianism, eds. Nathan Smith and Jason Taylor, Cambridge Scholars Press: 177-199.

Book Reviews:

Gregg D. Caruso (2016). “Review of Bruce Waller’s Restorative Free Will,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Gregg D. Caruso (2002). “A Review of David Cockburn’s An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind,” Metapsychology 6, 26.

Gregg D. Caruso (2001). “A Review of Nicholas Humphrey’s How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem,” Philosophical Writings 18, Autumn: 51-53. Reprinted in Metapsychology 5, 46 (2001).

Other:

Gregg D. Caruso (2020). “Abolishing the Cash Bail System.” Arc Digital. October 2020.

Gregg D. Caruso. (2020). “On Purpose.” New Philosopher. Aug-Oct Issue. [Lengthy interview.] Christian List, Gregg D. Caruso, and Cory Clark. (2020). “Free Will: Real or Illusion? A Debate.” The Philosopher 108(1).

Owen Flanagan and Gregg D. Caruso (2018). “Neuroexistentialism: Owen Flanagan and Gregg D. Caruso on a new search for meaning,” The Philosopher’s Magazine. Issue 83.

Gregg D. Caruso and Owen Flanagan (2018). “Preface” in Neuroexistentialism, ed. Gregg D. Caruso and Owen Flanagan, New York: Oxford University Press.

Gregg D. Caruso (2017). “Moral Responsibility and the Strike Back Emotion: Comments on Bruce Waller’s The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility.” Syndicate Philosophy, 2/19/17.

Gregg D. Caruso (2017) “The American Law Institute Revises the Model Penal Code,” Psychology Today, May 26.

Gregg D. Caruso (2016). “Arrested Development,” RSA Journal (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Issue 2: 42-46.

Gregg D. Caruso (2016). “Why Prisoners and Ex-Felons Should Retain the Right to Vote,” Psychology Today. November 6.

Gregg D. Caruso (2016). “Moral Responsibility and the Strike Back Emotion: Where does the belief in moral responsibility come from?” Psychology Today. February 21.

Gregg D. Caruso (2015). “Kane is Not Able: A Reply to Vicens’ ‘Self-Forming Actions and Conflicts of Intention’,” Southwest Philosophy Review 31(2): 21-26.

Gregg D. Caruso (2015). “Justice Without Retribution: Retributivism, Mass Incarceration, and Free Will Skepticism,” Psychology Today. December 14.

Gregg D. Caruso (2015). “Neuroscientific Prediction and Free Will,” Psychology Today. October 26.

Gregg D. Caruso (2015). “Does Disbelief in Free Will Increase Anti-Social Behavior?” Psychology Today. October 16.

Gregg D. Caruso (2014). “Science, Religion and Culture: New Beginnings,” Science, Religion & Culture 1(1): 1-3.

Gregg D. Caruso (2014). “Preface” and “Introduction” in Science and Religion: 5 Questions, ed. Gregg D. Caruso, London: Automatic Press/VIP

Gregg D. Caruso (2014). “Free Will Skepticism and Its Implications: An Argument for Optimism

Professor Gregg D. Caruso's Teaching

Dissertation Committees:

Alva Strage (2019). “Minds, Brains, and Desert: An Essay on the Relevance of Neuroscience to the Compatibilist Justification of Legal Retributive Punishment,” Gothenburg University (Sweden). Member of the public defense committee.

Steven Priddis (2017). “Embracing Determinism: The Benefits of Rejecting Free Will Belief,” Western Sydney University (Australia). External Examiner.

University Committees:

Curriculum Committee, SUNY Corning (2013-2016)

Honors Program Committee, SUNY Corning (2009-2015)

Educational Policies, SUNY Corning (2007-2011)

LAS Program Review Committee, SUNY Corning (2009-2011)

Green Campus Task Force, SUNY Corning (2006-2007)

Arrangements and Calendar, Committee, Brooklyn College (2005-2006)

Philosophy Department Secretary, Brooklyn College (2005-2006)

Student Steering Committee, CUNY Graduate School (2000-2001)

Student Member, Executive Committee, CUNY Graduate School (2000-2001)

Courses Taught:

Phil 1010: Introduction to Philosophy (SUNY Corning) Phil 1300: Current Moral Issues (SUNY Corning)

Phil 2010: Introduction to Ethics (SUNY Corning)

Phil 2070: Contemporary Philosophy (SUNY Corning)

Phil 2200: Environmental Ethics (SUNY Corning)

Phil 2250: Health Care Ethics (SUNY Corning)

Phil 2420: Social & Political Philosophy (SUNY)

Phil 2360: Philosophy of the Arts (SUNY Corning)

Phil 2310: Philosophy of Religion (SUNY Corning)

Phil 10: Reasoning (Brooklyn College)

Phil 14: Moral Issues in Business (Brooklyn College)

Phil 15.3: Medical Ethics (Brooklyn College) Honors: Science and Religion (SUNY Corning)