Chapter 4. Criminal Law

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Leo Katz

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch4

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Katz, L. (2010) Criminal Law, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 4

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Frank Carano Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Philadelphia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • criminal law or Philosophy of criminal law;
  • retributivism, deflecting charges of vagueness;
  • criminal code - exhaustive inventory of torture, mayhem, rape, castration and homicide;
  • criminal code, punishing, not just expected stuff - murder, rape, theft, perjury, treason and the like;
  • philosophy of criminal law - explaining “general” part of criminal law;
  • perennial doctrinal question of criminal law - distinction between acts and omissions;
  • scarcely an issue in moral philosophy - failing to find concrete expressions in criminal law

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why We Punish

  • How We Punish

  • What We Punish

  • Whom We Punish

  • Bibliography