Criminal Law and Philosophy fills a gap in the scholarly literature by providing a platform for articles that take a philosophical perspective on any issue in the broad field of crime and punishment. It gives readers access to the latest thinking by the field’s best scholars.

Topics addressed include crime and criminalization; the content, principles, and structure of substantive criminal law; criminal justice and the criminal process; and punishment and sentencing.

Contributions from a range of philosophical schools and approaches are encouraged, in particular from both analytically oriented philosophers and from those who draw more from contemporary continental philosophy. The journal also publishes articles with an historical focus on earlier philosophical discussions of crime and punishment as well as articles with a more contemporary focus.

  • Publishes articles that take a philosophical perspective on issues across the whole range of criminal law, criminal punishment and criminal justice.
  • Gives readers access to the latest thinking by the field’s best scholars
  • Encourages contributions from a range of philosophical schools and approaches

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Editors-in-Chief
  • Michelle Madden Dempsey,
  • Matt Matravers
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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76 days
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315,815 (2021)
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Volume 16

Issue 2, July 2022

Special Issue on Hirstein, Sifferd, and Fagan’s Responsible Brains: Neuroscience, Law, and Human Culpability

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This journal has 85 open access articles

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1871-9805
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1871-9791
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