#ethicsatwork Speaker Series
A Community Forum at the Intersection of Business & Ethics
Is the sole social responsibility of business the mere maximization of profit? Is it wrong for firms to mandate vaccines or masks? What are the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning? #ethicsatwork is a community forum in which ethicists, executives, professionals and community members meet to discuss important and relevant topics at the intersection of business and ethics.
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Thursday, April 13, 2023
4-5 p.m. CST
Derek Jeffreys, Ph.D., Professor Humanities & Religion, UW-Green Bay
Must We Degrade? Human Dignity and the American Prison
This discussion will consider the nature and justification of punishment in the American criminal justice system. Punishment in prisons, particularly maximum-security prisons, can be deeply degrading, subjecting people to brutal and harsh conditions. What is the ethical justification for treating people this way? To explore this question, we will discuss different meanings of the concept of human dignity, using them to ethically evaluate contemporary American punishment. The presenter will also draw on his experience of teaching philosophy in prisons and jails.
About Derek Jeffreys
Derek S. Jeffreys is Professor of Humanities and Religion at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He did both his B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on ethics and violence, and he is author of four books. His latest is America’s Jails: The Search for Human Dignity in an Age of Mass Incarceration. For almost a decade, he has offered volunteer religion and philosophy lectures to inmates in the Green Bay Correctional Institution and the Brown County Jail. He is also a religious volunteer at the Green Bay Correctional Institution.
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