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Causation and Responsibility: An Essay in Law, Morals, and Metaphysics

Michael S. Moore

Abstract

This book is about the role causation plays in the attribution of both moral responsibility and legal liability (in the law of crimes, torts, and to a lesser extent, contracts). The book strips away many of the usages of the word ‘causation’ in law and legal theory, on the grounds that such usages have little to do with causation itself. What remains is the law's use of ‘causation’ to name a natural relation that is at the heart of both ordinary and scientific explanations of the world. Some normative defense is offered as to why causation in this sense is a proper basis for assessing degrees ... More

Keywords: criminal law, counterfactuals, accomplices, proximate causation, legal theory, culpability, permissibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256860.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael S. Moore, author
Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. University Professor, University of Illinois
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Contents

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PART I THE ROLE OF CAUSATION IN MORAL AND LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY

Part II PRESUPPOSITIONS ABOUT THE NATURE OF CAUSATION BY LEGAL DOCTRINES

PART III THE FIRST BLIND ALLEY: THE ATTEMPT TO REPLACE PROXIMATE CAUSATION WITH CULPABILITY AS A PREREQUISITE FOR LEGAL LIABILITY

PART IV THE LEGAL PRESUPPOSITION OF THERE BEING ‘INTERVENING CAUSES’

PART V THE METAPHYSICS OF CAUSAL RELATA

PART VI THE METAPHYSICS OF THE CAUSAL RELATION