Christian Foundations of Criminal Responsibility. A Philosophical Study of Legal Reasoning

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A treatise on the medieval and Christian foundation of common law. Argues that intellectual sources for the concept known in criminal law as intention or mens rea owe a debt to various Christian writings and philosophy.


". . . an impressive contribution to an area of legal scholarship that is often overlooked in the contemporary academy. Its impressiveness lies in the nature of its undertaking, a sustained philosophical analysis of intention, and in the depth and breadth of historical sources the authors analyze in carrying out that understanding . . . . the volume is noteworthy for its return to original sources, i.e., to the actual cases that were relied upon by those who shaped these doctrines. It is highly recommended to students of the criminal law and to anyone who is interested in the historical foundations of the concepts which our law presently employs." - The American Journal of Legal History

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