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Law and Philosophy

2014

Causation

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Rebooting The Discourse On Causation In Criminal Law: A Pragmatic (And Imperfect) Approach, Michele C. Materni Jan 2014

Rebooting The Discourse On Causation In Criminal Law: A Pragmatic (And Imperfect) Approach, Michele C. Materni

Mike C Materni

Causation in the criminal law is an extremely complex issue for several reasons. Prime among those reasons is the fact that most scholars who have tackled the issue have done so by searching for a universal, comprehensive solution. This Article starts from the premise that such a solution is unattainable. Rather than embarking in extravagant philosophical inquiries, the Article offers a pragmatic solution to the issue of causation in the criminal law. Applying a methodology that finds validation in the philosophy of science, the Article argues that causation in the criminal law should be constructed in functional terms. Linking the ...