« Nostalgia and the Search for Nuance in Critiques of Legal Education. | Main | Clinical and Externship Experiences »

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holiday Gift List for Your Favorite Criminal Law Theorist

Not long ago, the philosophy of criminal law and punishment was thought to be a bit of a dead end. Happily, that has not been true for at least the last 25 years, and indeed, now the problem might be that there is too much to read in this area.

Oxford University Press continues to exacerbate that problem. Indeed, in just the last few months, I have received the following three volumes, all just recently published:

Retributivism Has a Past: Has It a Future? (Ed. by Michael Tonry)

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Criminal Law (edited by Deigh and Dolinko)

Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law (edited by Duff and Green)

These are in addition to the volume that we just celebrated at St. Johns' earlier this month, Mark D. White's edited collection on Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy (OUP 2011 also).

I hope to dip into or even immerse myself in these waters over the coming months. I suspect all these volumes will provoke thought and move the discussions forward. But if I'm wrong about that, you'll read about those reactions here :-) In the meantime, I invite OUP to lower the price tags. All of these volumes are priced well above what normal people would be willing to spend on books, making these the preserve of law and philosophy libraries. Alas.



Posted by Administrators on November 24, 2011 at 03:39 PM in Article Spotlight, Books | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Holiday Gift List for Your Favorite Criminal Law Theorist:


Ditto on the too much to read in this area. Usually a lofty price tag is justified by the fact that the individual chapters do such a good job in summarizing the literature that the book is well worth the price tag. Unfortuntately I found neither the Oxford Handbook or the Philosophical Foundations books fill that role.

Posted by: Anon | Nov 28, 2011 11:35:50 AM

I haven't been drinking: "...May and..."

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Nov 24, 2011 8:20:31 PM

Although published in 2010, I would add Larry May amd Zachary Hoskins, eds., International Criminal Law and Philosophy (CUP).

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Nov 24, 2011 7:50:01 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.