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Offences and Defences: Selected Essays in the Philosophy of Criminal Law

John Gardner


This book collects together a selection of John Gardner's best-known and most provocative writings on the theory of criminal law. Gardner tackles persistent and troublesome questions about the philosophical foundations of the criminal law. Which wrongs are suitable to be crimes and why? What are the conditions of criminal responsibility, and how do they relate to the conditions of moral responsibility? What does it take to be complicit in another's wrongdoing? Should crimes ever be excused, and if so, on what basis? How, if at all, should the criminal law adapt to conditions of social and cult ... More

Keywords: criminal law, responsibility, punishment, moral philosophy, philosophy of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199239351
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gardner, author
Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Oxford