Book Chapter

Virtue, Vice and the Criminal Law - A Response to Huigens and Yankah



Duff RA (2012) Virtue, Vice and the Criminal Law - A Response to Huigens and Yankah. In: Amaya A & Lai H (eds.) Law, Virtue and Justice. Law and Practical Reason. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 195-214.

First paragraph: It is worth distinguishing two kinds of role that ideas of virtue and vice might play in the criminal law (or in our theoretical understanding of the criminal law). Each kind admits of a range of variations; each can be more or less ambitious in scope and aim: but although there are of course quite close connections between the two kinds, we can usefully sketch them as two different ways of developing a virtue jurisprudence of criminal law. Both kinds of role are connected to views of the proper aims of a system of criminal law: in the first case, a view of the further goods that criminal law should aim to achieve; in the second case, a view of the proper objects of criminal liability.

Title of seriesLaw and Practical Reason
Publication date31/12/2012
PublisherHart Publishing
Publisher URL…BN=9781849461757
Place of publicationOxford

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Professor Antony Duff

Professor Antony Duff

Emeritus Professor, Philosophy