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Honour, Anger, and Virtue

Jeremy Horder

in Provocation and Responsibility

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198256960
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256960.003.0004

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Honour, Anger, and Virtue

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This chapter examines the links between honour, anger, and virtue in three ways. First, it comments on virtues and virtuous behaviour, an understanding central to an appreciation of the argument about the nature of anger. Second, it establishes a link between the experience and expression of anger and the display or practice of two specific virtues: even-temperedness and retributive justice. The nature of this link helps to explain the theoretical foundations of mitigation of murder to manslaughter in provocation cases. Third, the chapter traces the development of these issues through their manifestation in early modern law.

Keywords: Aristotle; vices; retributive justice; doctrine of the mean; even-temperedness

Chapter.  7833 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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