Answering for Crime
Responsibility and Liability in the Criminal Law
By (author) R. A. Duff
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Answering for Crime by R. A. Duff
Book DescriptionIn this long-awaited book, Antony Duff offers a new perspective on the structures of criminal law and criminal liability. His starting point is a distinction between responsibility (understood as answerability) and liability, and a conception of responsibility as relational and practice-based. This focus on responsibility, as a matter of being answerable to those who have the standing to call one to account, throws new light on a range of questions in criminal law theory: on the question of criminalization, which can now be cast as the question of what we should have to answer for, and to whom, under the threat of criminal conviction and punishment; on questions about the criminal trial, as a process through which defendants are called to answer, and about the conditions (bars to trial) given which a trial would be illegitimate; on questions about the structure of offences, the distinction between offences and defences, and the phenomena of strict liability and strict responsibility; and on questions about the structures of criminal defences. The net result is not a theory of criminal law; but it is an account of the structure of criminal law as an institution through which a liberal polity defines a realm of public wrongdoing, and calls those who perpetrate (or are accused of perpetrating) such wrongs to account.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841137537
(234mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. A. Duff
Criminalization, Hardback (December 2014)
The fourth book in the landmark Criminalization series examines the political morality of the criminal law, exploring general principles and theories of criminalization.
Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law, Paperback (January 2013)
Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law gathers leading theorists to present original work on a range of foundational questions in criminal law theory. The volume provides an overview of current philosophical work on the criminal law, setting an agenda for further research and debate.
Constitution of the Criminal Law, Hardback (January 2013)
The third book in the Criminalization series examines the constitutionalization of criminal law. It considers how the criminal law is constituted through the political processes of the state; how the agents of the criminal law can be answerable to it themselves; and finally how the criminal law can be constituted as part of the international order.
Structures of the Criminal Law, Hardback (December 2011)» View all books by R. A. Duff
The second book in the Criminalization series examines the structures of criminal law - the internal structure of the law itself; the place of criminal law within the larger structure of law; and the relationships between legal structures and social and political structures.
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Author Biography - R. A. Duff
Antony Duff is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stirling. He is the author of numerous works on general philosophy, on the philosophy of law, and most particularly on the philosophy of crime and punishment.
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