Prison Abolition? Incarceration and the Limits of Functional Critique
Professor Tommie Shelby, Professor of African & African American Studies and Philosophy, Harvard University
Friday, February 16, 2018
7191 Helen C. White Hall
Abstract: Across the political spectrum, many think that prison systems, around the globe, are in need of major reform. But some insist that prisons should be abolished altogether. Angela Davis, perhaps the most influential thinker in this latter group, has defended prison abolition as a morally required political goal. My aim is to critically examine the case she makes for this position.