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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Criminal Law [Hardcover]

John Deigh , David Dolinko

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Sept. 12 2011 0195314859 978-0195314854
This is the first comprehensive handbook in the philosophy of criminal law. It contains seventeen original essays by leading thinkers in the field and covers the field's major topics including limits to criminalization, obscenity and hate speech, blackmail, the law of rape, attempts, accomplice liability, causation, responsibility, justification and excuse, duress, provocation and self-defense, insanity, punishment, the death penalty, mercy, and preventive detention and other alternatives to punishment. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars and students whose research and studies concern philosophical issues in criminal law and criminal law theory.

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"Given the densely populated and complex landscape of this flourishing field, a comprehensive survey is undoubtedly called for. Deigh and Dolinko's excellent book answers that call with seventeen new essays concerning the intersection of criminal law and philosophy, authored by many of the most insightful and influential thinkers in the field... On the whole, the essays in this volume offer superb examples of analytic philosophy as applied to the puzzles of criminal law doctrine, authored by many of the leading scholars in the field. Editors Deigh and Dolinko are to be congratulated for bringing together this tremendous resource for those seeking a clear and comprehensive account of the current state of Anglo-American criminal law philosophy."--Michelle Madden Dempsey, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Criminal Law contains some excellent essays, written by scholars of deservedly international reputations." --Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books


About the Author

John Deigh is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of three books, The Sources of Moral Agency , Emotions, Values, and the Law , and An Introduction to Ethics. He was the editor of Ethics from 1997 to 2008. David Dolinko is Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests focus on the philosophical underpinnings of criminal law. He has published articles on retributivism, capital punishment, and the privilege against self-incrimination.

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