Book Chapter

Responsible Agency in the Criminal Process



Duff RA (2019) Responsible Agency in the Criminal Process. In: McCay A & Sevel M (eds.) Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives. Applied Legal Philosophy. London: Routledge, pp. 126-143.

First paragraph: I did not meet David Hodgson until 2003, at a legal and social philosophy congress in Sweden; but I had first come across his work when, as a postgraduate student, I read his first book in the 1960s (Hodgson 1967). The book offered a characteristically meticulous critique of utilitarianism (in both its “act” and its “rule” versions) as a decision procedure: We cannot efficiently serve utility, Hodgson argued, by thinking and acting either as act utilitarians or as rule utilitarians. That kind of critique has, of course, become familiar, as have various utilitarian responses to it; but Hodgson did much to show its significance, and to work out in detail just how it could be best articulated.

Title of seriesApplied Legal Philosophy
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online21/02/2019
Publisher URL…ok/9780367661441
Place of publicationLondon

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Professor Antony Duff

Professor Antony Duff

Emeritus Professor, Philosophy