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Hart on Responsibility

Edited by: Christopher Pulman

ISBN13: 9781137374424
Published: November 2014
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £63.00

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In the 1950s and 60s, H. L. A. Hart's writings were responsible for the revitalizing of legal philosophy in the UK and worldwide.

This new collection of essays by distinguished philosophers and legal theorists addresses the enduring significance of Hart's work, focusing upon some of its more neglected aspects, including his work on causation and the philosophy of action. Two essays discuss Hart and Honore's Causation in the Law, a book that has been undeservedly overlooked in many philosophical discussions of causation.

The majority of the essays consider Hart's views on the justification of punishment. They discuss Hart's dislike of retribution, his claim that harmless immorality should not be punished, and his search for a non-retributivist theory of mens rea and excuses.

Other topics examined include Hart's definitions of key legal and philosophical concepts, including 'punishment', 'responsibility' and 'voluntariness', and his views on punishing negligent acts.

Notes on Contributors Introduction
C. G. Pulman
1. Hart's Senses of 'Responsibility'
Karin Boxer
2. Voluntary Interventions
C. G. Pulman
3. Causing Things and Doing Things
Helen Steward
4. A Framework for Punishment: What is the Insight of Hart's 'Prolegomenon'?
Douglas Husak
5. Legal Responses to Consensual Sexuality Among Adults: Through and Beyond the Harm Principle
Matthew H. Kramer
6. Revisiting the Hart/Wootton Debate on Responsibility
Matt Matravers and Arina Cocoru
7. Hart's Choices
Gideon Yaffe
8. Hart, Punishment, and Excusing Conditions
Erasmus Mayr
9. Hart and Punishment for Negligence
Larry Alexander