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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 25, Issue 2, May 2010

Miroslav Imbrisevic
Pages 211-224

The Consent Solution to Punishment and the Explicit Denial Objection

Recently, David Boonin has put forward several objections to Carlos S. Nino's 'Consensual Theory of Punishment'. In this paper I will defend Nino against the 'explicit denial objection'. I will discuss whether Boonin's interpretation of Nino as a tacit consent theorist is right. I will argue that the offender's consent is neither tacit nor express, but a special category of implicit consent. Further, for Nino the legal-normative consequences of an act (of crime) are 'irrevocable', i.e. one cannot (expressly and successfully) deny liability to them. I will suggest an explanation for Nino's irrevocability claim.

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