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Attempts: In the Philosophy of Action and the Criminal Law

Gideon Yaffe


A large number of people are serving sentences not for completing crimes, but for trying to. The law governing attempted crimes, then, is of practical importance, but the questions that arise in the adjudication of attempts also intersect with questions addressed by the philosophy of action, such as what intention a person must have, if any, and what a person must do, if anything, in order to be trying to do something. This book offers solutions to a variety of difficult problems that courts face in the adjudication of attempted crimes through application of the philosophy of action. The book ... More

Keywords: philosophy of action, criminal Law, crime, attempt, trying, intention, commitment, evidence, punishment, sentence

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590667
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gideon Yaffe, author
University of Southern California
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