On What Underlies Excuse

Leora Dahan Katz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper, I address the theory of excuse, or more precisely, exculpatory excuse, and the question of what it is that justifies the category of excuse. I address different potential grounds for the law of excuse, which are often run together in ways that confound rather than clarify, focusing on the role of blamelessness and unfairness of expectations in the theory of excuse.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalCriminal Law and Philosophy
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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  • Blamelessness
  • Blameworthiness
  • Criminal law
  • Culpability
  • Defenses
  • Excuse
  • Fairness
  • Moral responsibility
  • Normative expectation


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