Philosophical Bases for Self-determination in Criminal Law

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Criminal law operates under the assumption that persons have the capacity for free, voluntary choice. However, since the concept of free will and self-determination may be understood in a variety of ways, it must be made the subject of philosophical scrutiny if it is to provide a solid foundation for law. This paper will present two major philosophical concepts of self-determination and evaluate their utility for criminal law. The conclusion delineates the possibilities and limitations of these concepts when applied in particular to the field of criminal law.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)421-432
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 07.2018
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Law - Autonomy of person, criminal law, moral freedom, criminal liability, philosophical approaches to self-determination, criteria of autonomy, Autonomie der Person, Strafrecht, moralische Freiheit, strafrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit, philosophische Konzepte zur Selbstbestimmung, Kriterien für Autonomie