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Willful Ignorance in Law and Morality

Sarch, Alexander (2018) Willful Ignorance in Law and Morality Philosophy Compass.

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This article introduces the main conceptual and normative questions about willful ignorance. Section I asks what willful ignorance is, while Section II asks why—and how much—it merits moral or legal condemnation. My approach is to critically examine the criminal law’s view of willful ignorance. Doing so not only reveals the range of positions one might take about the phenomenon, but also sheds light on foundational questions about the nature of culpability and the relation between law and morality.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Date : 15 April 2018
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of an article to be published in Philosophy Compass, and will be available online at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 15 Jan 2018 13:06
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2018 09:31

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