The strictness of strict liability

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This article conceptualizes what strict liability is in the criminal law. Four properties are found to be individually necessary, only jointly sufficient, for there to be the kind of moral blameworthiness that must underlie any just punishment: prima facie wrongdoing, absence of justification, prima facie culpability, and absence of excuse. Whenever criminal liability is imposed without the presence of one or more of these properties, the liabuility is said to be strict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-529
Number of pages17
JournalCriminal Law and Philosophy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Ignorance of law
  • Negligence
  • Strict liability
  • Vicarious liability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Law


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