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Two Objections to Yaffe on the Criminalization of Attempts

Sarch, Alexander (2013) Two Objections to Yaffe on the Criminalization of Attempts Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8 (3). pp. 569-587.

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In his recent book Attempts, Gideon Yaffe suggests that attempts should be criminalized because of a principle he dubs the "Transfer Principle." This principle holds that if a particular form of conduct is legitimately criminalized, then the attempt to engage in that form of conduct is also legitimately criminalized. Although Yaffe provides a powerful defense of the Transfer Principle, in this paper I argue that Yaffe's argument for it ultimately does not succeed. In particular, I formulate two objections to Yaffe's argument for the Transfer Principle. First, I argue that a basic assumption about criminalization, on which Yaffe's argument crucially depends, is incomplete, and Yaffe's own attempt to supplement it undermines his argument for the Transfer Principle. Second, I argue that Yaffe's argument does not properly account for the fact that those who merely attempt a crime and those who complete it might sometimes be responding to reasons in different ways. Accordingly, I conclude that Yaffe has not succeeded in establishing the truth of the Transfer Principle. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Law
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Date : 14 March 2013
DOI : 10.1007/s11572-013-9210-4
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2013 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Uncontrolled Keywords : Abandonment, Attempt, Blame, Censure, Criminalization, Gideon Yaffe, Punishment, Reconsideration, Renunciation, Transfer Principle
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:37
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 15:07

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