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Crime, Punishment, and ResponsibilityThe Jurisprudence of Antony Duff$
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Rowan Cruft, Matthew H. Kramer, and Mark R. Reiff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592814.001.0001

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Antony Duff and the Philosophy of Punishment

Antony Duff and the Philosophy of Punishment

(p.3) 1 Antony Duff and the Philosophy of Punishment
Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility

Mark R. Reiff

Rowan Cruft

Oxford University Press

Throughout a long and distinguished career, Antony Duff has had a lot to say about the philosophy of punishment. One of his most important contributions is with regard to the question of justification, and his communicative theory of punishment has become highly influential. But there are other topics within this area of philosophy on which Duff's work has had great impact too. One such topic is the question that is often paired with punishment, that of responsibility, or what connects people to events. Another is the question of attempts, or when is an act in furtherance of a crime a crime itself as opposed to the innocent act it appears to be. Another topic is the question of criminalisation, or what kind of conduct should be subject to the sanctions of the criminal law. And finally there is the topic that relates to the question of the philosophy of trial, or how do we go about deciding exactly who is guilty of what and what punishment (if any) is due, a topic on which Duff has been a pioneer. These are the topics addressed in this chapter.

Keywords:   communication, communitarianism, consequentialism, criminal attempts, criminalisation, criminal trials, justification, responsibility, retributivism

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