Criminal Attempts

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byR. A. Duff

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This book reflects the belief that a careful study of the Law of Attempts should be both interesting in itself, as well as being a productive route into a number of larger and deeper issues in criminal law theory and in the philosophy of action. By identifying the legal doctrines which courtsand legislatures have developed or adopted, the author goes on to ask whether and how they can be rationalized or rendered persuasive. Such an approach involves paying detailed attention to cases. The book is also unusual in that it grapples with English, Scots and US law, showing great breadth ofresearch as well as philosophical sophistication. This is a work which is likely to become a seminal study and a major contribution to the study of law and legal philosophy.

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This book reflects the belief that a careful study of the Law of Attempts should be both interesting in itself, as well as being a productive route into a number of larger and deeper issues in criminal law theory and in the philosophy of action. By identifying the legal doctrines which courtsand legislatures have developed or adopted, ...

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This original treatment of the law of criminal attempts sets some of the problems about attempts in the context of deeper issues about the foundations of criminal liability. Duff begins with some persisting questions about the law of attempts. What should count as a criminal attempt? How severely should attempts be punished? Are there ...

R. A. Duff is a Professor, Department of Philosophy at University of Stirling.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019826268X

ISBN - 13:9780198262688

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'Criminal Attempts' brings criminal law a wonderfully thorough investigation of notoriously difficult issues in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of punishment, and the philosophy of action at their junction with morality.../ With this book, Duff shows us a way out of the manyconfusions currently dogging the law of attempts, and he does so with enviable clarity and rigour.../ 'Criminal Attempts' deserves careful scrutiny and ought to be used as as state of the art guide to the bridges between philosophy of language, action theory, and aspects of the criminal law beyondcriminal attempts./ Keith Culver, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.