The Object of Criminal Responsibility

3 Pages Posted: 27 May 2010

Date Written: May 1, 2010


This short essay critiques Larry Alexander and Kim Ferzan’s argument against negligence liability, focusing in particular on the authors’ characterization of the object of criminal responsibility (i.e., that for which an actor is held criminally responsible) and the impact this (mis)characterization has on our intuitions regarding negligence liability.

Keywords: criminal law, negligence, responsibility, blame

Suggested Citation

Dempsey, Michelle Madden, The Object of Criminal Responsibility (May 1, 2010). Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2010-14 , Available at SSRN:

Michelle Madden Dempsey (Contact Author)

Villanova University School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
United States

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