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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Last Word on Criminal Law (Alexander)

Alexander All of you interested in criminal law theory should take a look at Kim Ferzan's, Stephen Morse's, and my new book, Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009). In it we ask what criminal law would look like if organized along moderately retributivist grounds, with culpability as its primary axis. We advance a theory of culpability, discuss what matters reduce or eliminate it (justifications and excuses), whether negligence is culpable, the relevance of resulting harm, inchoate forms of criminality, the individuation of offenses, rules versus standards, and what an ideal criminal code would look like. We urge you to in turn urge your library to purchase a copy; and if you want your own copy in which to write critical comments, it's available in paperback at a ridiculously low price.


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