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Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility

Edited by Rowan Cruft, Matthew H. Kramer and Mark R. Reiff

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592814
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592814.001.0001
Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility

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For many years, Antony Duff has been one of the world's foremost philosophers of criminal law. This volume(s chapters, taken from essays by many of the world's other leading philosophers of criminal law as well as a reply by Duff himself, explore some of the principal themes in his work. Some of the chapters concentrate on the topic of criminalisation. That is, they examine what forms of conduct (including attempts, offensiveness, and negligence) can aptly qualify as criminal offences, and what principled limits — if any — should be placed on the reach of the criminal law. Several of the other chapters assess the thesis that punishment is justifiable as a form of communication between offenders and their community. Those chapters examine the presuppositions (about the nature and function of community, and about the moral structure of atonement) that must be embraced if communication is to be a primary role for punishment. The remaining chapters examine the nature and limits of responsibility in the law, as they engage with philosophical debates over ‘moral luck’ by investigating the ways in which the law can legitimately hold people responsible for events that were not within their control. These chapters tie the first and third parts of the book together, as they explore the relationship between the principles that determine a person's responsibility and the principles that determine which types of actions can appropriately be criminalised. Finally, Duff responds with comments that seek to defend and clarify his views while also acknowledging the correctness of some of the critics' objections.

Keywords: crime; punishment; responsibility; criminal attempts; trials; retributivism; retribution; repentance; mercy; justice

Book.  394 pages. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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The Offender's Part in the Dialogue in Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility

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