Moral Luck and the Law

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Abstract Is there a difference in moral blameworthiness between a murderer and an attempted murderer? Should there be a legal difference between them? These questions are particular instances of the question of moral luck and legal luck (respectively). In this paper, I survey and explain the main argumentative moves within the general philosophical discussion of moral luck. I then discuss legal luck, and the different ways in which this discussion may be related to that of moral luck.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)42-54
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophy Compass
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


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