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Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law

ISBN13: 9780521739610
Published: March 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.99

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of what the criminal law would look like if organised around the principle that those who deserve punishment should receive punishment commensurate with, but no greater than, that which they deserve. Larry Alexander and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan argue that desert is a function of the actor's culpability, and that culpability is a function of the risks of harm to protected interests that the actor believes he is imposing and his reasons for acting in the face of those risks. The authors deny that resultant harms, as well as unperceived risks, affect the actor's desert. They thus reject punishment for inadvertent negligence as well as for intentions or preparatory acts that are not risky. Alexander and Ferzan discuss the reasons for imposing risks that negate or mitigate culpability, the individuation of crimes, and omissions.

Criminal Law, Jurisprudence
Part I. Introduction: Retribution and the Criminal Law:
1. Criminal law, punishment, and desert
Part II. The Culpable Act:
2. The essence of culpability: acts manifesting insufficient concern for the legally protected interests of others
3. Negligence
4. Defeaters of culpability
Part III. The Immateriality of Resulting Harm to Legally Protected Interests:
5. Only culpability, not resulting harm, affects desert
6. When are inchoate crimes culpable and why?
7. The locus of culpability
Part IV. A Proposed Code:
8. What a culpability-based criminal code might look like.