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Punishment and Responsibility: Essays in the Philosophy of Law

H.L.A. Hart


This classic collection of essays, first published in 1968, has had an enduring impact on academic and public debates about criminal responsibility and criminal punishment. Forty years on, its arguments are as powerful as ever. H. L. A. Hart offers an alternative to retributive thinking about criminal punishment that nevertheless preserves the central distinction between guilt and innocence. He also provides an account of criminal responsibility that links the distinction between guilt and innocence closely to the ideal of the rule of law, and thereby attempts to by-pass unnerving debates abou ... More

Keywords: H. L. A. Hart, criminal responsibility, criminal punishment, criminal justice, penal policy, distinction between guilt and innocence, acts of will, intention, negligence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199534777
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534777.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H.L.A. Hart, author
Formerly Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Oxford