Gideon Yaffe

Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology


Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale. His research interests include the philosophy of law, particularly criminal law; the study of metaphysics including causation, free will and personal identity; and the study of intention and the theory of action. 

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998

A.B., Harvard University, 1992

Courses Taught


  • Criminal Law and Administration
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Addiction and the Law: Perspectives from Philosophy, Economics, and Neuroscience

Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale. His research interests include the philosophy of law, particularly criminal law; the study of metaphysics including causation, free will and personal identity; and the study of intention and the theory of action. He has also written about the history of early modern philosophy. Professor Yaffe also collaborates with several neuroscientists to devise experiments that aim to be of legal and philosophical significance and has written about the relevance of the neuroscience of addiction to the criminal culpability of addicts. His 2010 book Attempts concerns the philosophical foundations of the law governing attempted crimes. His 2017 book The Age of Culpability concerns the philosophical grounds for leniency towards child criminals. He holds an A.B. in philosophy from Harvard and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford. Prior to joining Yale in 2012, he was a Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Southern California. He was also a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon Foundation, and he was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2015.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Give felons and prisoners the right to vote—A Commentary by Gideon Yaffe

Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale. 

Friday, May 13, 2016


Activists say Airbnb drives up rents. But is that actually true? L.A. needs to find out—A Commentary by Gideon Yaffe

Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale.

Friday, February 12, 2016


To Convict, Prove a Guilty Mind—A Commentary by Gideon Yaffe

Gideon Yaffe is a Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology at Yale.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Professor Yaffe Named 2015 Guggenheim Fellow

Gideon Yaffe, a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Psychology at Yale has been awarded a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Gideon Yaffe to Join Yale Law Faculty in July as Professor of Law

Gideon Yaffe, a professor of philosophy and law at the University of Southern California, will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2012, as a Professor of Law.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


USC Professor Gideon Daniel Yaffe Will Speak Nov. 3 on Criminal Responsibility & Neuroscience

USC Professor Gideon Daniel Yaffe will deliver a Dean’s Lecture Nov. 3 on the topic, “Criminal Responsibility & Neuroscience: The Absurd, the Overstated, and the Potentially Useful (someday, maybe).”