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<i>An Anatomy of Excuses</i>

Jeremy Horder

in Excusing Crime

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225781
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191715174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225781.003.0003

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

An Anatomy of Excuses

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This chapter provides an ‘anatomy’ of excuses, a close examination of the sometimes very different elements of which each is comprised. It begins by focusing on three different dimensions to excuses, without turning into an issue of critical importance the question whether they involve either motivational or judgmental elements. It then goes on to break down for the purposes of existing excusing conditions the meaning of a ‘rational defect’ in a morally salient moving force behind an action respecting which one remains morally active.

Keywords: excuse; excusing conditions; rational defect; angry action; fearful action; reason; duress; provocation

Chapter.  31770 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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