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The Age of Culpability: Children and the Nature of Criminal Responsibility

Gideon Yaffe


Reflection on the grounds for leniency towards children who commit crimes is the entry point into the development, in this book, of a theory of the nature of criminal responsibility and desert of punishment for crime. The book argues that child criminals are owed lesser punishments than adults thanks not to their psychological, behavioral, or neural immaturity but, instead, because they are denied the vote. This conclusion is reached through the development of theories of the nature of criminal culpability, desert for wrongdoing, strength of legal reasons, and what it is to have a say over the ... More

Keywords: law, crime, responsibility, culpability, desert, children, juveniles, punishment, enfranchisement, reasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gideon Yaffe, author
Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Yale Law School