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The Philosophy of Criminal Law: Selected Essays

Douglas Husak


Husak reprints 15 of his earlier essays in the philosophy of criminal law (and add two previously unpublished pieces) collected from philosophy journals, law reviews, and book chapters. These articles cover a broad range of topics about the nature of penal liability, criminal law culpability, defences, and the justification of punishment. Together, these essays present a desert-based analysis of issues in criminal theory that resist the consequentialist approach more familiar among legal scholars. The author's foremost concern is to ensure that the principles and doctrines of the criminal law ... More

Keywords: crime, punishment, blame, justice, desert, culpability, defences, sentencing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585038
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Husak, author
Professor of Philosophy and Law at Rutgers University
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