Harms and Culpability

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The present volume draws together original and significant essays from a number of leading authorities which identify areas of the modern criminal law where there are significant conceptual difficulties. The project developed from a series of seminars in Cambridge University, in which leading Anglo-American philosophers, criminal lawyers and legal theorists explored subjects such as attempts, intention, justification, excuses, coercion, complicity, drug-dealing and criminal harm. The topics covered in this ...
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The present volume draws together original and significant essays from a number of leading authorities which identify areas of the modern criminal law where there are significant conceptual difficulties. The project developed from a series of seminars in Cambridge University, in which leading Anglo-American philosophers, criminal lawyers and legal theorists explored subjects such as attempts, intention, justification, excuses, coercion, complicity, drug-dealing and criminal harm. The topics covered in this impressive collection were chosen for their topicality as well as their theoretical and practical significance.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction: Criminalization and the Role of Theory 1
Subjectivism, Objectivism and Criminal Attempts 19
Competing Theories of Justification: Deeds v. Reasons 45
Why Distinguish Intention from Foresight? 71
Justifications and Reasons 103
Making Excuses 131
Crimes of Ulterior Intent 153
Criminal Liability in a Medical Context: The Treatment of Good Intentions 173
Structuring the Criminal Code: Functional Approaches to Complicity, Incomplete Offences and General Defences 195
Coercion, Threats, and the Puzzle of Blackmail 215
Dealing with Drug Dealing 239
Extending the Harm Principle: 'Remote' Harms and Fair Imputation 259
Index 277
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