Ignorance as a Legal Excuse
Perspectives on Ignorance from Moral and Social Philosophy. Edited by Rik Peels. pp. 205-216, 2017
16 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2017
Date Written: 2017
In this chapter, I examine the forms of ignorance that defeat and sometimes create legal liability. Although my focus is primarily on the treatment of ignorance in the criminal law, I mention in passing the role of ignorance in torts, breaches of contract, and other civil lawsuits. Moreover, although my principal focus is on ignorance as a defeater of liability, I discuss as well how ignorance can operate to incriminate.
Keywords: Criminal Law, Exculpatory Ignorance, Mens Rea
JEL Classification: A00, A10, K10
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