Jeffrie G. Murphy

Regents' Professor of Law, Philosophy & Religious Studies

Jeffrie G. Murphy’s primary teaching and research areas are philosophy of law and jurisprudence, criminal law, ethics and religion, moral philosophy (including moral psychology), philosophy in literature/law and literature, and Kant’s moral, political and legal philosophy.

Professor Murphy is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory of punishment, forgiveness and mercy, and the moral emotions. Most recently, he has published the book, Punishment and the Moral Emotions--Essays in Law, Morality, and Religion (Oxford University Press, 2012) and the article, “Remorse, Apology, and Mercy” (Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law), which was included in the Criminal Law Conversations book project at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and published by Oxford University Press. A frequent lecturer at conferences and meetings, Professor Murphy gave, at the invitation of the Divinity Faculty, four Stanton Lectures at Cambridge University in 2010.

Before joining the College faculty in 1987, Professor Murphy taught philosophy at the University of Arizona, where he was head of the Philosophy Department from 1972-76, and at the University of Minnesota. From 1981-85, Professor Murphy was chair of the Philosophy Department at ASU. He is also a past president of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division.

Selected Works

Punishment and the Moral Emotions: Essays in Law, Morality, and Religion (Oxford University Press 2012).

Getting Even - Forgiveness and Its Limits (Oxford University Press 2003).

Remorse, Apology, and Mercy, 4 Ohio St. J. Crim L. 423 (2007).

Legal Moralism and Retribution Revisted, 1 Crim. L. & Phil. 5 (2007).

Christian Love and Criminal Punishment, in Christianity and Law: An Introduction (John Witte, Jr., and Frank S. Alexander, eds., Cambridge University Press 2008).


Assistant: KC Gardiner-Johnson

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Johns Hopkins University (1962)

Ph.D., University of Rochester (1966)

Post-Doctoral N.D.E.A. Fellow, School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles (1968-69)