Liability and Responsibility: Essays in Law and Morals

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Raymond Gillespie Frey, Christopher W. Morris
Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 1991 - Law - 430 pages
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This collection of contemporary essays by a group of well-known philosophers and legal theorists covers various topics in the philosophy of law, focusing on issues concerning liability in contract, tort, and criminal law. The book is divided into four sections. The first provides a conceptual overview of the issues at stake in a philosophical discussion of liability and responsibility. The second, third, and fourth sections present, in turn, more detailed explorations of the roles of notions of liability and responsibility in contracts, torts, and punishment. The collection not only presents some of the most challenging work being done in legal philosophy today, it also demonstrates the interdisciplinary character of the field of philosophy of law, with contributors taking into account recent developments in economics, political science, and rational choice theory. This thought-provoking volume will help to shed light on the underexplored ground that lies between law and morals.
 

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Contents

Can responsibility be diminished?
13
Intention and sideeffects John Finnis
32
Attempting the impossible Alan R White
65
consequential
89
Rights and remedies in a consent theory
135
A bargaining theory approach to default
173
Theories of compensation Robert E Goodin
257
Liberty community and corrective justice
290
an essay on criminal
351
A new theory of retribution Jean Hampton
377
Punishment and selfdefense
415
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