Philosophy of Law

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  1. added 2017-07-28
    Defense Categories and the De Minimis Defense.Valentine Melissa Beth - 2017 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 11 (3):545-559.
    De minimis defenses are an understudied aspect of law, appearing in legal practice more often than in legal theory but rarely garnering any type of extensive analysis in either. This has led to an unfortunate state of affairs in which one term is applied to a set of practices that are, at best, only loosely connected. Using Paul Robinson’s system of defense types, this paper will illustrate the various roles and functions the de minimis defense plays in our legal system. (...)
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  2. added 2017-07-27
    Expression, Freedom of Speech and the State.Christopher Bennett - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (2):360-369.
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  3. added 2017-07-26
    Does Fault Matter?Vera Bergelson - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-18.
    In this article, I try to go beyond the traditional objections to strict liability public welfare offenses and confront other possible justifications for punishing non-culpable conduct. Specifically, I consider the following arguments:Penalties for public welfare offenses are punishment by name only, thus traditional justifications for punishment are not needed;Even if those penalties are punishment, punishing those who produce or threaten significant harm to others is not necessarily unjust; andEven if such punishment is not entirely just, it is consistent with other (...)
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  4. added 2017-07-26
    Seeing, Moving, Catching, Accumulating: Pokémon GO, and the Legal Subject.Annie Shum & Kieran Tranter - forthcoming - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique:1-17.
    This paper argues that the augmented reality gaming application for smart devices, Pokémon GO shows the fate of the legal subject as a neoliberal monster subjugated to the limitations imposed by hypercapitalism. The game, derived from Nintendo’s iconic Pokémon franchise, reveals the legal subject as a frenzied, diminished and impulsive being, allowed to see, move, catch and accumulate but unable to participate in more meaningful self-narration. It is not that the game is lawless, notwithstanding, anxieties in the semiosphere about users (...)
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  5. added 2017-07-24
    Is Criminal Justice Politically Feasible?Philip Pettit - 2002 - Buffalo Criminal Law Review 5 (2):427-450.
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  6. added 2017-07-23
    Can Strict Criminal Liability for Responsible Corporate Officers Be Justified by the Duty to Use Extraordinary Care?Kenneth W. Simons - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-16.
    The responsible corporate officer doctrine is, as a formal matter, an instance of strict criminal liability: the government need not prove the defendant’s mens rea in order to obtain a conviction, and the defendant may not escape conviction by proving lack of mens rea. Formal strict liability is sometimes consistent with retributive principles, especially when the strict liability pertains to the grading of an offense. But is strict liability consistent with retributive principles when it pertains, not to grading, but to (...)
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  7. added 2017-07-22
    Why the Rule of Law Matters.Martin Krygier - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-13.
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  8. added 2017-07-22
    Legislative Form as a Justification for Legislative Supremacy.Eoin Daly - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-31.
    Defenders of legislative supremacy against judicial review have primarily invoked various virtues of legislative process – in particular, its deliberative qualities, the diverse perspectives and inputs it allows, and especially, its connection to a principle of democratic equality. However, I argue that such virtues have been overemphasised as justifications for legislative supremacy. Instead, I argue that insufficient attention has been paid to the form of legislation as a justification for giving legislatures the ‘final say’ on issues of fundamental rights. Firstly, (...)
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  9. added 2017-07-22
    Constitutional Rights and Judicial Review.T. R. S. Allan - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-8.
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  10. added 2017-07-22
    Reply.Alon Harel - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-10.
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  11. added 2017-07-22
    Why Politics Matters: A Review of Why Law Matters. [REVIEW]Allan James - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-6.
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  12. added 2017-07-22
    Norms, Normative Systems, and Legal Validity. [REVIEW]Giovanni Battista Ratti - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):166-176.
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  13. added 2017-07-22
    The Masses and the Elites: Political Philosophy for the Age of Brexit, Trump and Netanyahu.Enoch David - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):1-22.
    Recent political developments leave liberal elites heartbroken. Why is it that the masses keep making poor, morally unacceptable, irrational choices? Among the many voices heard in this context, there are also those criticising those elites from the left. The elites, these voices imply, are guilty not just of past wrongs that have gotten us here, but also of patronising the masses right now, arrogantly failing to take seriously the masses and their concerns. I argue that such complaints – perhaps appearances (...)
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  14. added 2017-07-22
    A Modest Attempt to Rehabilitate the Fact-Based View. [REVIEW]Alexander F. Sarch - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):177-183.
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  15. added 2017-07-22
    Law, Reason, Imagination, and Will. [REVIEW]Raquel Barradas de Freitas - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):156-165.
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    Intentional Action and Law.Essert Christopher - 2016 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):110-117.
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    Understanding Human Dignity, or Saving Dignity From Ockam’s Razor. [REVIEW]Pilar Zambrano - 2016 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):143-155.
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    The Question Why and the Common Good.Grégoire Webber - 2016 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):99-109.
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  19. added 2017-07-22
    HLA Hart and the Making of the New Natural Law Theory.Santiago Legarre - 2016 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):82-98.
    This article considers HLA Hart's influence in the making of John Finnis's book Natural Law and Natural Rights. In the style of an intellectual biography it traces the history of the interaction between the two Oxford legal philosophers using their correspondence as a starting point. It also delves into Finnis's years in Africa—a period of his life both crucial for the writing of the book and utterly unknown. It argues that Hart's role was significant not only insofar as he was (...)
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    Legal Argumentation: A Sociological Account.Richard Nobles & David Schiff - 2016 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):52-81.
    This article utilises Luhmann's functional analysis to investigate the role played by legal argumentation within the legal system. Luhmann's sociological observations on this subject suggest an alternative to jurisprudential approaches that understand legal arguments and consequent decisions in terms of the relative strengths of the justifications offered in their support. His account examines the role played by legal argumentation in allowing the legal system to evolve in response to society's increasing complexity. The concepts he employs to analyse this evolutionary capacity (...)
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    The Why-Question Methodology, The Guise of the Good and Legal Normativity.Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco - 2016 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):127-142.
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  22. added 2017-07-22
    Action, Politics, and the Normativity of Law.Priel Dan - 2016 - Jurisprudence 8 (1):118-126.
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  23. added 2017-07-21
    Incitement: A Study in Language Crime.Joseph Jaconelli - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-21.
    A person incurs inchoate criminal liability when he incites another person or other persons to commit a crime. The most salient characteristic of incitement, in comparison with the other forms of inchoate crime, is the existence of a communication that is made with a view to persuading the addressee to commit an offence. This article explores the question of why incitement should incur criminal liability, and the nature of such liability. It also identifies its distinctive features. The principal focus here (...)
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    Linking Signifié with Signifiant: The Court of Justice of European Union as a Product-Defining Authority.Nowak-Far Artur - forthcoming - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique:1-19.
    Saussurean concept of signifie-signifiant agnation can be used to explain the EU law product-nomenclature referrals. The CJEU has an especially important role in developing detailed rules of product nomenclature interpretation in cases where ambiguities emerge. In its jurisprudence, the CJ pursues preservation of the predominant intuitive model of that interpretation even in cases involving composite products. Only in cases where the composition can easily be identified, the Court relies on the concept of the defining element—i.e. it takes the dominant element (...)
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  25. added 2017-07-20
    Killing in War: Unasked Questions-Ill-Founded Legitimisation.Albin Eser - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-18.
    Killing in war as a matter of course may be inferred from the fact that, as stated by Thomas Hobbes, “all laws are silent in the time of war”. Although this traditional law-suspending power of war has been restricted to a certain degree by modern humanitarian international law, it is still commonly assumed that killing in war, unless and as long as not explicitly forbidden, is per se permitted and thus does not require any further legitimisation. This is in fundamental (...)
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  26. added 2017-07-19
    Knowledge Construction in Legal Reasoning: A Three Stage Model of Law’s Evolution in Practical Discourse.Olaf Tans - forthcoming - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique:1-19.
    Seeing that socio-legal theory has produced a number of compelling grand theories about law’s development as a body of knowledge, this contribution analyzes legal evolution on the micro-level of decision-making in concrete cases. To that end, law finding is reconstructed as a three stage process of reason-based rule-construction. Legal evolution is argued to stem from the argumentative jumps that are made in this process in order to use what is initially drawn from the body of legal knowledge in new cases. (...)
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  27. added 2017-07-17
    Now This: On the Gradual Production of Justice Whilst Doing Law and Music.Claudius Messner - forthcoming - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique:1-28.
    This paper examines the role of performance in law and music as a structural means of their self-programming construction. Music and law are considered as parallel social practices or performative doings. The paper begins with a critical analysis of the special aesthetical features of present-day juridical practice as exemplified by legal trial and legal expertise. Drawing upon reflections on the modern discourse on aesthetics and art, the article then examines in greater detail the specific traits of performance in law and (...)
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  28. added 2017-07-17
    Self-Control in Responsibility Enhancement and Criminal Rehabilitation.Polaris Koi, Susanne Uusitalo & Jarno Tuominen - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-18.
    Ethicists have for the past 20 years debated the possibility of using neurointerventions to improve intelligence and even moral capacities, and thereby create a safer society. Contributing to a recent debate concerning neurointerventions in criminal rehabilitation, Nicole Vincent and Elizabeth Shaw have separately discussed the possibility of responsibility enhancement. In their ethical analyses, enhancing a convict’s capacity responsibility may be permissible. Both Vincent and Shaw consider self-control to be one of the constituent mental capacities of capacity responsibility. In this paper, (...)
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  29. added 2017-07-17
    Is There a Case for Strict Liability?Larry Alexander - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-8.
    In this short paper, I shall answer the title’s question first in the context of criminal law and then in the context of tort law. In that latter section, I shall also mention in passing contractual and other forms of civil liability that are strict, although they will not be my principal focus. My conclusions will be that strict liability is never proper as the basis for retributive punishment; that it is a very crude device for achieving deterrence through nonretributive (...)
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  30. added 2017-07-17
    Mens Rea by the Numbers.Gideon Yaffe - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-17.
    Before the recent presidential election, a bipartisan congressional effort was made to pass a criminal justice reform bill. The bill faltered in part because of a proposed default mens rea provision: statutes silent on mens rea, that were not explicitly identified as strict liability by the legislature, would be taken to require for guilt proof of knowledge with respect to each material element. This paper focusses on a prominent line of disagreement about the default mens rea provision. Proponents argued that (...)
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  31. added 2017-07-17
    The Crime/Tort Distinction: Legal Doctrine and Normative Perspectives.Kenneth Simons - 2008 - Widener Law Journal 17:719-732.
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  32. added 2017-07-17
    Beyond the Tort/Crime Distinction.David Friedman - 1996 - Boston University Law Review 76:103-112.
    I take it that the chief purpose of Professor Seipp's Paper' is to establish two propositions about the history of the tort/crime distinction: that the distinction goes back very far in English law, and that the distinction is based on whether the principal consequence of conviction was compensation of the victim or punishment of the offender. To me, however, the Paper is interesting for two other reasons: the similarities, in function more than form, between English law enforcement in the Middle (...)
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    Getting Even: Restitution, Preventive Detention, and the Tort/Crime Distinction.Randy E. Barnett - 1996 - Boston University Law Review 76:157-168.
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    Comment on the Crime/Tort Distinction: A Generation LAter.Michael C. Harper - 1996 - Boston University Law Review 76:23.
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  35. added 2017-07-16
    Probing the Depths of the Responsible Corporate Officer’s Duty.Kimberly Kessler Ferzan - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-15.
    Many criminal law scholars have criticized the responsible corporate officer doctrine as a form of strict and vicarious liability. It is neither. It is merely a doctrine that supplies a duty in instances of omissions. Siding with Todd Aagaard in this debate, I argue that a proper reading of the cases yields that the responsible corporate officer doctrine is just duty supplying, and does not allow for strict liability when the underlying statute requires mens rea. After analyzing Dotterweich, Park, and (...)
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  36. added 2017-07-12
    The Deadly Serious Causes of Legitimate Rebellion: Between the Wrongs of Terrorism and the Crimes of War.J. Finlay Christopher - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-17.
    This article challenges the tendency exhibited in arguments by Michael Ignatieff, Jeremy Waldron, and others to treat the Law of Armed Conflict as the only valid moral frame of reference for guiding armed rebels with just cause. To succeed, normative language and principles must reflect not only the wrongs of ‘terrorism’ and war crimes, but also the rights of legitimate rebels. However, these do not always correspond to the legal privileges of combatants. Rebels are often unlikely to gain belligerent recognition (...)
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  37. added 2017-07-11
    The Irrelevance of Religion. [REVIEW]John Adenitire - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (2):405-414.
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  38. added 2017-07-10
    The Tort/Crime Distinction: A Generation Later.Richard A. Epstein - 1996 - Boston University Law Review 76:1-21.
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  39. added 2017-07-09
    Identita v liberální politické teorii a dilema kosmopolitismu [Identity in Liberal Political Theory and the Cosmopolitan Dilemma].Sylvie Bláhová & Pavel Dufek - forthcoming - Filosoficky Casopis.
    V textu adresujeme otázku individuální identity a její místo – či spíše opomíjení – v současných diskusích o kosmopolitní extenzi liberalismu jakožto dominantní politické teorie. Ukazujeme, že při konzistentním důrazu na komplementaritu „vnitřní“ a „vnější“ identity člověka, která je liberalismu vlastní od samotných jeho počátků, se vyjevuje zásadní nedostatečnost liberálního kosmopolitního projektu, a to v podobě podceňování nezbytnosti jednoznačně určeného veřejného rámce, který bude srozumitelně fixovat a vynucovat liberální principy a hodnoty a umožní tak jejich realizaci v individuálních životech. Argumentujeme, (...)
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  40. added 2017-07-09
    Fortress Europe or Pace-Setter? Identity and Values in an Integrating Europe.Pavel Dufek - 2009 - Czech Journal of Political Science 16 (1):44–62.
    The article represents a contribution to the discussions about the basis, motives, and goals of European integration, which were stimulated by the recent “normative turn” in EU studies. My aim in this the article is threefold: By addressing the issue of internal legitimacy of EU decision-making, I wish to show that the European Union is in need of a public “story” of European integration; however, a closer analysis suggests that there is much normative disagreement on values and principles that are (...)
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  41. added 2017-07-08
    S. I. Strong, Katia Fach Gómez and Laura Carballo Piñeiro: Comparative Law for Spanish–English Speaking Lawyers: Legal Cultures, Legal Terms and Legal Practices.Giner Diana - forthcoming - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique:1-4.
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  42. added 2017-07-07
    Does Discursive Authorship Justify User Rights?Elkin-Koren Niva - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-5.
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  43. added 2017-07-07
    The Rule of Law: Beyond Contestedness.Paul Burgess - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-21.
    In assessing compliance with the Rule of Law, the contested nature of the concept renders the use of a single theorist’s conception or, alternatively, the adoption of a hybrid conception open to criticism. There is no settled and practical way to determine Rule of Law non-compliance. It is argued that by looking behind the concept’s contestedness, Rule of Law non-compliance can be identified. The fundamental needs undergirding canonical conceptions are used to identify common elements of the Rule of Law. By (...)
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    History and Theory: Abraham Drassinower’s Quest for Coherence.Rose Mark - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-5.
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  45. added 2017-07-06
    Erratum To: Defense Categories and the De Minimis Defense.Melissa Beth Valentine - forthcoming - Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-1.
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  46. added 2017-07-05
    Ritual Male Circumcision and Parental Authority.Kai Möller - forthcoming - Jurisprudence:1-19.
    A recent judgment by a lower court in Germany brought the problem of ritual male circumcision to the consciousness of the wider public and legal academia. This essay weighs in on this emerging discussion and argues that ritual male circumcision is not covered by parental authority. It first considers and dismisses the best interest of the child test, which is the most widely used test of parental authority in legal practice. Instead, the essay proposes what it terms the autonomy conception (...)
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  47. added 2017-07-05
    Legitimacy, Stability and Democratic Persuasion.Dimitrios Kyritsis - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (2):352-359.
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    Brettschneider and ‘Democratic Persuasion’.Larry Alexander - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (2):370-379.
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    Two Reflections on Pauline Kleingeld’s Kant and Cosmopolitanism. [REVIEW]Michael Nance - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (2):391-404.
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    Challenging Hate, Protecting Rights.Corey Brettschneider - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (2):380-390.
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