Prison University Project Conference, San Quentin State Prison, October 2018

Prison University Project Conference, San Quentin State Prison, October 2018

As a philosopher, my primary interests revolve around individual rights, and, specifically, the right against punishment. As a lawyer, I have extensive professional experience within the institutions of the criminal law (such as the court system and prisons), the methodologies of punishment, and constitutional criminal procedure. As a philosopher/lawyer, these interests intertwine around questions about political authority, law’s normative force, and the possibility of a social order without law. My work focuses on the role of rights in response to assertions of state authority, and whether law and the political process provides adequate opportunities for just allocations of those rights between the often-conflicting interests of individuals and communities. I am currently working on answers to the problems of mass incarceration, the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, and differential punishment. I also have abiding interests and scholarship efforts in 19th-20th century German philosophy in general, and Nietzsche studies in particular. 

When I have the time, I enjoy writing about philosophy and contemporary culture, music, and art.

Some of my work is available on my page


  • “Personhood and Property in Hegel’s Conception of Freedom,” Pólemos Issue 11, No. 1: 2018.

  • “Counterrevolutionary Polemics: Katechon and Crisis in de Maistre, Donoso, and Schmitt,” Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence (forthcoming December 2019).

  • “Flow My Tears, Rick Deckard Said,” in Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy (La Salle: Open Court Publishing, 2019)

  • “The Business Ethics of Recreational Marijuana,” in Business Cases in Ethical Focus (Broadview Press, forthcoming December 2019).

  • “Decarceration and the Right Against Punishment,” Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reform Conference, San Quentin Prison University Project, October 5, 2018.

  • “Introduction” and “Refections from the Abyss: Herzog’s Lesson of Darkness,” in The Philosophy of Werner Herzog, eds. Christopher Turner and M. Blake Wilson (Lexington Books [Rowman & Littlefield], under contract for 2020 publication).

  • “Due Process Rights,” Students: Know Your Rights! Conference, The Diversity Center, California State University, Stanislaus, 2018.

  • “The International Criminal Court: the Legal Mandate for Prosecuting Human Rights Violations,” Human Rights Conference, California State University, Stanislaus, 2018.

  • “Examining the effects of psychiatric symptoms, brain injury symptoms, and low self-control on the placement of inmates in administrative segregation and their risk for suicidal ideations,” Chintakrindi, S., Cappelan, J., Porter, J. R., Gupta. S. & Wilson, M.B. (forthcoming Crime & Human Behavior, 2019).

  • “When Police Kill: Public Perception and Police Liability,” Western Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2018.

  • “From Black Market to Supermarket: Glimmers of Justice in California's New Cannabis Codes,” Social Justice in the Central Valley Conference, California State University, Stanislaus, 2017.

  • “From Crime to Commerce: Negotiating the Morass of California’s ‘New’ Marijuana Industry,” Western Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, 2017.

  • “In the Neutral Zone, A Libertarian’s Home is Their (High) Castle,” in The Man in the High Castle andPhilosophy (La Salle: Open Court Publishing, 2017)

  • “Behind Zarathustra’s Eyes: The Bad, Sad Man Meets Nietzsche’s Prophet,” in The Who and Philosophy (Latham: Lexington Books [Rowman and Littlefield], 2016)

  • “What’s So Private About Private Property” Colloquium Session, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, 2016.

  • “Ton Corps est a Toi: The Rhetoric of Selves and Their Owners,” Metaphors in Use: The Third Annual Lehigh University Philosophy Conference, Bethlehem, PA, 2015.

  • “Winking, Nudging, Shoving: Law’s Punishment Problem,” XXVII World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Washington DC, 2015.

  • “The Exception Proves the Rule: The Crisis of Constitutional Rights,” panelist for “Pluralism and Consensus,” European Consortium for Political Research, Montreal, Canada, 2015.

  • “The Use of Eminent Domain in the Pursuit of Basic Income,” The Future of Basic Income Research, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2015.

  • “Zarathustra’s Highest Hope: Nietzschean Revenge and Restorative Justice,” Beyond Bars: The Future of Prisons, University of Memphis, 2015.