Choice, Character and Capacity


in Criminal Responsibility

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225828
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718571 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Choice, Character and Capacity

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This chapter defends the idea that what is basic to an account of responsibility is the relationship between action and character. It is argued that, to this extent, character theories of criminal responsibility are right in their basic insight, if not in the implications that they have drawn from that insight. Alternatives which claim that responsibility is concerned primarily with choice or with capacity are shown to have more limited significance for a theory of criminal responsibility.

Keywords: choice; character; capacity; responsibility

Chapter.  14920 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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