Archive for ‘Form’


Short Review: Kirchhofer KC, Zimmermann F, Kaminski J, Tomasello M (2012) Dogs (Canis familiaris), but Not Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Understand Imperative Pointing.

A short review of an article  Kirchhofer KC, Zimmermann F, Kaminski J, Tomasello M (2012) Dogs (Canis familiaris), but Not Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Understand Imperative Pointing by P. Urbanczyk.



Neuroscientific approach to third party punishment.

Recenty, via Vanderbilt University research news site, some news about neuroscientifical approach to the third part punishment issue was published. As we can read:

In a paper published online on April 15 by the journal Nature Neuroscience, a pair of neuroscientists from Vanderbilt and Harvard universities has proposed the first neurobiological model for third-party punishment. It outlines a collection of potential cognitive and brain processes that evolutionary pressures could have re-purposed to make this behavior possible.

The whole news along with the link to the paper is here.


Royal Society report on Neuroscience and the Law

As a reading for today we suggest the Royal Society report on Neuroscience and The Law. Report seems to have very introductory character and it’s main theme is to deal with some legal issues using the concepts and methodology known from neuroscience.  The report is a part of the “Neuroscience and the…” series from the Royal Society as a part of Brain Waves project. Prievous parts are aviable from Royal Society Brain Waves Project website


The Report can be obtained in several formats, Kindle and .epub files are zipped:





Normativity according to Hayek

Herein you will find the text for the next seminar on Friday. The text is a ‘working paper’ . It lacks complete footnotes and the language requires to be reviewed and corrected. Please note that it is my first text in English:)


Neurolaw & Neuropolitics

A discussion with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Dartmouth College), Nita Farahany (Vanderbilt University), Sheril Kirshenbaum (Duke Universty), and Lawrence Krauss (Arizona State University).
Moderated by TSN Director Roger Bingham

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Comments on Wojciech Załuski’s paper ‘On the Applicability of Evolutionary Anthropology in Legal and Moral Philosophy’

1. In his characteristically lucid and skillfully grounded paper Wojciech claims (1) that evolutionary anthropology (understood as a nontrivial view of human nature mainly based on evolutionary psychology) can be used fruitfully in the analysis of some questions of legal philosophy, and (2) that the relevance of evolutionary anthropology for moral philosophy is very limited. These claims strike one as being quite counterintuitive: after all, the issue of how natural selection has shaped our sense of morality, moral behavior, and moral intuitions is a rather heatedly debated topic, at least among philosophers and evolutionary psychologists. The prevailing view on this problem is that homo sapiens possesses at least a minimal innate moral competence, which is of an evolutionary origin. On the other hand, positive law, conferred by an act of legislation, seems to be of a much more conventional nature than morality. It follows that our sense of legality, legal behavior, and legal intuitions do not rest upon some hard-wired dispositions shaped by evolution. They seem to be influenced by the necessity to resolve in an efficient way some important issues which were absent in ancestral environments (e.g. legitimacy of state coercion, limitations of public power, contractual obligations).

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Wojciech Załuski – On the Applicability of Evolutionary Anthropology in Legal and Moral Philosophy

Zapraszamy do zapoznania się z tekstem Wojciecha Załuskiego pt. “On the Applicability of Evolutionary Anthropology in Legal and Moral Philosophy“.


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Office Hours with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Neuroscience in the Law

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O. D. Jones, Behavioral Genetics and Crime, in Context, Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 69, pp. 81-100, 2006.

We warmly invite you to pursue the short review of the paper Behavioral Genetics and Crime, in Context by O. D. Jones

The review is available here.


B. Brożek, The ontology of law from a biological perspective (draft version)

We warmly invite you to pursue the draft version of the paper The ontology of law from a biological perspective by Bartosz Brożek.