The Nature of Causation


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

The Nature of Causation

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This chapter is concerned with the best way to understand causation in the criminal law. It is argued that there is a close parallel, with respect to central doctrines of causation, between causation in law and morality on the one hand and causation in science on the other. However, in law and morality we cannot separate the question from causation neatly from the question of whether the defendant had mens rea for his conduct.

Keywords: causation; science; morality; mens rea

Chapter.  14508 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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