Bad Acts and Guilty Minds: Conundrums of the Criminal Law

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2012 - Philosophy - 351 pages
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With wit and intelligence, Leo Katz seeks to understand the basic rules and concepts underlying the moral, linguistic, and psychological puzzles that plague the criminal law.

"Bad Acts and Guilty Minds . . . revives the mind, it challenges superficial analyses, it reminds us that underlying the vast body of statutory and case law, there is a rationale founded in basic notions of fairness and reason. . . . It will help lawyers to better serve their clients and the society that permits attorneys to hang out their shingles."—Edward N. Costikyan, New York Times Book Review
 

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Contents

For Those Who Need to Look before They Leap
1
Necessity the Mother of Invention
8
Bad Acts
82
Guilty Minds
165
The Root of All Evil
210
The Company You Keep
252
The Crime That Never Was
276
Epilogue Final Reckoning
300
Notes
309
Index
333
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