Does fault matter?

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In this article, I try to go beyond the traditional objections to strict liability public welfare offenses and confront other possible justifications for punishing non-culpable conduct. Specifically, I consider the following arguments: • Penalties for public welfare offenses are punishment by name only, thus traditional justifications for punishment are not needed; • Even if those penalties are punishment, punishing those who produce or threaten significant harm to others is not necessarily unjust; and • Even if such punishment is not entirely just, it is consistent with other widely accepted criminal law doctrines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-392
Number of pages18
JournalCriminal Law and Philosophy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Law


  • Culpability
  • Public welfare offenses
  • Punishment
  • Strict liability


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