Benjamin Yost

Professor of Philosophy, Adjunct


Benjamin S. Yost is Professor of Philosophy, Adjunct at Cornell University. Before coming to Cornell, he was Professor of Philosophy at Providence College; he has also taught at Harvard University, Auburn Correctional Facility, and with the Bard Prison Initiative. Specializing in the philosophy of punishment, with a focus on capital punishment and the punishment of the disadvantaged, he also has substantial interest in Kant’s practical philosophy. Yost's book, Against Capital Punishment, was published with Oxford University Press in 2019. He also coedited The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford, 2021). Other published work appears in journals such as Utilitas, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Kantian Review, and Continental Philosophy Review.