Peter K. Westen

University of Michigan Law School

Frank G. Millard Professor of Law Emeritus

3178 South Hall

701 South State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (25)

1.

Getting the Fly Out of the Bottle: The False Problem of Free Will and Determinism

Number of pages: 54 Posted: 14 Mar 2005
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
Downloads 666 (42,258)

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free will, determinism

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Two Rules of Legality in Criminal Law

Law and Philosophy, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 229-305, May 2007, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 78
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 03 Apr 2007
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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The Criminal Defense of Duress: A Justification, Not an Excuse - and Why it Matters

Number of pages: 119 Posted: 18 Feb 2004
Peter K. Westen and James Mangiafico
University of Michigan Law School and Independent
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Duress,Justification,Excuse,Necessity

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Some Common Confusions About Consent in Rape Cases

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 20 Dec 2004
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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The Significance of Transferred Intent

Criminal Law and Philosophy, vol. 7, pp. 321-50 (2013), U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 359
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 17 May 2013 Last Revised: 18 Nov 2013
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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intent

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How to Think (Like a Lawyer) About Rape

Criminal Law and Philosophy (Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 24 Aug 2016
Kimberly Kessler Ferzan and Peter K. Westen
University of Virginia, School of Law and University of Michigan Law School
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rape, consent, sexual assault, pedagogy, coercion, affirmative consent

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Retributive Desert as Fair Play

Kimberly Ferzan & Stephen Morse, Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael S. Moore (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 468
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 27 Aug 2015 Last Revised: 12 Sep 2015
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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criminal desert, fair play, retribution

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The Supreme Court's Bout With Insanity: Clark V. Arizona

Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 4, pp. 142-165, 2006, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 67
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 25 Oct 2006
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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Poor Wesley Hohfeld

San Diego Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2018, U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 623
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 13 Oct 2018 Last Revised: 29 Oct 2018
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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Lex Mitior: Converse of Ex Post Facto and Window into Criminal Desert

New Criminal Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 167-213, 2015, U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 455
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 02 Apr 2015 Last Revised: 22 May 2017
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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ex post facto, lex mitior, retribution, condemnation, hard treatment

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Impossibility Attempts: A Speculative Thesis

Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 5, pp. 523-65, 2008, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 106
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 17 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 01 Apr 2008
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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Punishment, Responsibility, Attempts

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Why the Paradox of Blackmail Is So Hard to Resolve

Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 585-636, 2012, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 276
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 06 Jun 2012 Last Revised: 17 Jun 2012
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
Downloads 128 (242,003)

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blackmail, extortion, harm, double effect

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Answer Self-Incriminating Questions or Be Fired

American Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 37, No. 2, p. 97, Spring 2010, University of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 228
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 21 Jan 2011 Last Revised: 30 Jan 2011
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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An Attitudinal Theory of Excuse

Law and Philosophy, Vol. 25, pp. 289-375, 2006
Number of pages: 87 Posted: 31 May 2006
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
Downloads 91 (306,598)
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Reflections on Joshua Dressler's Understanding Criminal Law

Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2018, U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 601
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 11 May 2018 Last Revised: 15 May 2018
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
Downloads 86 (317,708)

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criminal law, justification and excuse, criminal responsibility, harm principle

16.

Self-Incrimination's Covert Federalism

U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 70, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 11, pp. 1-42, 2006-07
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 20 Nov 2006
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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Reaching Agreement on When Jurors Must Agree

New Criminal Law Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 153-209, Spring 2007, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 84
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 20 May 2007
Peter K. Westen and Eric Ow
University of Michigan Law School and University of California, Berkeley
Downloads 81 (329,568)

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jury, unanimity

18.

Unwitting Justification

San Diego Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 2 (2018): 419-448, U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 625
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 14 Nov 2018 Last Revised: 09 Jan 2019
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
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justification, self-defense, impossibility attempts

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Does Duress Justify or Excuse? The Significance of Larry Alexander's Ambivalence

Moral Puzzles and Legal Perplexities: Essays on the Influence of Larry Alexander (H. Hurd and M. Moore, eds., 2019), U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 23 May 2019
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School
Downloads 37 (478,522)

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duress, justification, excuse, responsibility

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Is Intent Constitutive of Wrongdoing?

CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND RESPONSIBILITY: THE JURISPRUDENCE OF ANTONY DUFF, pp. 193-214, R. Cruft, M. Kramer, Mark Reiff, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 253
Posted: 10 Sep 2011 Last Revised: 09 Oct 2011
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School

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Intent, Wrongdoing, Culpability, Double Effect, Endangerment

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The Ontological Problem of Risk and Endangerment in Criminal Law

PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINAL LAW, pp. 304-327, R.A. Duff, Stuart P. Green, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 236
Posted: 12 Apr 2011 Last Revised: 25 Apr 2011
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School

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risk, danger, probability

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Individualizing the Reasonable Person in Criminal Law

Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol. 2, pp. 137-62, June 2008
Posted: 16 Jun 2008
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School

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punishment, reasonableness, negligence, manslaughter

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Fletcher on Subjective Justification

ESSAYS ON CRIMINAL LAW, Russell Christopher, ed., Oxford University Press
Posted: 12 Apr 2008
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School

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justification, excuse, elements, defenses

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Why Criminal Harms Matter: Plato's Abiding Insight in the Laws

Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 307-326, April 2007
Posted: 23 Aug 2007
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School

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Punishment, Harm, Culpability

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Egelhoff Again

American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 4, Pp. 1203-78, Fall 1999
Posted: 28 Apr 2000
Peter K. Westen
University of Michigan Law School

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