The Significance of Intentions


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 Significance of Intentions

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This chapter argues that the distinction between intention and foresight is significant in the attribution of criminal responsibility. After examining the nature of intentions, it is suggested that intentions make a difference to the gravity of wrongdoing. That conclusion is defended by exploring less serious offence contexts where the significance of intentions is illuminated more brightly.

Keywords: wrongdoing; intention; foresight

Chapter.  14277 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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