, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 231-235
Date: 27 May 2011

John Gardner: Offences and Defences: Selected Essays in the Philosophy of Criminal Law

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This volume collects eleven of John Gardner’s essays on the philosophy of criminal law and adds a substantial new “Reply to Critics”. They constitute, he tells us, around half of his published writings on the topic. Edited collections of this kind serve a number of purposes. Perhaps the two most important for the reader are the assembly in one place of pieces at least some of which are difficult to find and/or the putting together of seemingly discrete papers that go together such that the sum is greater than the parts. In this case, although Gardner tells us that he deployed the (somewhat unusual) selection criterion of “personal affection” (vii), the book serves the reader well in both respects. In particular, the arrangement of the essays so as to highlight their “thematic interrelations” (vii) allows the reader to get a sense of Gardner’s overall position on a number of topics. That said, it would be a mistake to think that this is the same as saying that the book presents Gardner’ ...