Murphy will present "The Case of Dostoevsky's General: Reflections on Forgiving the Unforgivable" at the event, which is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.
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. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory of punishment, forgiveness and mercy, and the moral emotions. Most recently, he has written the book, Getting Even-Forgiveness and its Limits (Oxford University Press), and the article, "Remorse, Apology, and Mercy" (Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law), which was included in the Criminal Law Conversations project at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Murphy has been invited to give four Stanton Lectures at Cambridge University in May 2010 on the topic "Remorse, Apology, and Forgiveness."