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2022.05.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews

Derk Pereboom, Wrongdoing and the Moral Emotions, Oxford University Press, 2021, 204pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780192846006.

Reviewed by Pamela Hieronymi, University of California, Los Angeles

In this book, Derk Pereboom provides further elaboration and defense of his long-standing vision of a world without retributivism. This volume builds on his earlier work, of which he provides useful summaries. The result is exactly what we have come to expect from Pereboom: a dialectically engaged, avowedly revisionist, humanely pursued vision of life after “basic desert.” In presenting his vision, Pereboom draws both on the Stoics and on the Buddhist tradition.

The book is thick with references to those in Pereboom’s immediate contemporary subfield, and the unfolding of Pereboom’s own ideas typically proceeds by way of engagement with these interlocutors. In providing my overview, I will identify some thinkers from further afield who might also fruitfully be brought into conversation…

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