Law and Philosophy 41 (2):329-350 (2022)

Authors
Patrick Tomlin
University of Warwick
Abstract
Transferred malice, or transferred intent, is the criminal doctrine that states that if D tries to kill A, and accidentally kills B, the intent to kill transfers from A to B, and so D is guilty of murdering B. This is widely viewed as a useful legal fiction. One of the finest essays on this topic was written by our honorand, Douglas N. Husak. Husak views both the potential usefulness of, and his preferred alternative to, transferred malice through the lens of sentencing – how much hard treatment the offender will receive. In this essay, I take a step back and ask in what ways transferred malice might be useful. I find its potential usefulness is not restricted to sentencing, but thinking about other ways in which it might be useful actually brings other potential drawbacks into focus – in particular, I argue, transferred malice mislabels the crimes the offender committed, and does so in a way that erases one of the victims from the moral description of the crime.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s10982-021-09421-x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,307
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Death.Thomas Nagel - 1970 - Noûs 4 (1):73-80.
Retributivism In Extremis.Douglas Husak - 2013 - Law and Philosophy 32 (1):3-31.
Rethinking the Presumption of Innocence.Victor Tadros - 2006 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 1 (2):193-213.
Double Effect and the Criminal Law.Alexander Sarch - 2017 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 11 (3):453-479.
Could the Presumption of Innocence Protect the Guilty?Patrick Tomlin - 2014 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 8 (2):431-447.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Limits of Transferred Malice.Shachar Eldar - 2012 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 32 (4):633-658.
Cross-Victim Defences.Shachar Eldar - 2020 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 16 (1):135-151.
The Significance of Transferred Intent.Peter Westen - 2013 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2):321-350.
The Philosophy of Criminal Law: Extending the Debates. [REVIEW]Douglas Husak - 2013 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2):351-365.
Costly authority and transferred responsibility.Yitzhak Benbaji - 2021 - Philosophical Studies 178 (11):3579-3595.
Infallibilism and Gettier's Legacy.Feit Neil - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (2):304–327.
Infallibilism and Gettier’s Legacy.Daniel Howard-Snyder - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (2):304 - 327.
A Girl In The River: A Critical Discourse Analysis Of Honor Killing.Munaza Hasan Nasir - 2018 - Pakistan Journal of Gender Studies 17 (1):79-104.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2022-01-18

Total views
3 ( #1,358,347 of 2,507,807 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #209,449 of 2,507,807 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes