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Published: 08 September 2016

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780190604684

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Ignorance of Law

A Philosophical Inquiry

Douglas Husak

Oxford Legal Philosophy

  • Argues that ignorance of law should usually be a complete excuse from criminal liability
  • Applies a theory of moral and criminal responsibility according to which blameworthiness consists in a defective response to one's moral reasoning
  • Assesses the real-world implication for the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Describes connections between the problem of ignorance of law and other topics in moral and legal theory

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