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Philosophy and the Criminal Law: Principle and Critique

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ISBN13: 9780521550444
ISBN: 0521550440
Published: October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £74.99



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Five pre-eminent legal theorists tackle a range of fundamental questions on the nature of the philosophy of criminal law. Their essays explore the extent to which and the ways in which our systems of criminal law can be seen as rational and principled. The essays discuss some of the principles by which, it is often thought, a system of law should be structured, and they ask whether our own systems are genuinely principled or riven by basic contradictions, reflecting deeper political and social conflicts. The volume as a whole shows how lively and exciting contemporary legal theory can be.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction Antony Duff
1. Contingency, coherence and conceptualism: reflections on the encounter between 'critique' and 'the philosophy of the criminal law' Nicola Lacey
2. Does criminal liability require an act? Douglas Husak
3. 'Simulacra of morality?' Beyond the ideal/actual antinomies of criminal justice Alan Norrie
4. Principle and contradiction in the criminal law: motives and criminal liability Antony Duff
5. On the general part of the criminal law John Gardner.