JeCi G.

asked • 10/01/20

Essay Homework Help!

1.Definitions – answer each with a minimum of 1 to 2 sentences.



Mens rea

Mitigating circumstances


Short answer – answer each of following with a minimum of 1 to 2 paragraphs.

2.Distinguish between the ideas of hard and soft determinism. How do these two ideas related to the idea of free will and moral culpability? What is the difference between internal and external determinism? (I need several examples)

3.Essay – Complete the following essay question in a minimum of 1 page (I need some ideas).

The conflict between free will and determinism is a long and difficult intellectual struggle. Please state succinctly why do you or do not accept that determinism plays some role in human behavior. If you accept that either internal or external factors impact criminal culpability explain how this fits into the idea of punishment in the criminal justice system, specifically to what level does it mitigate behavior, mens rea or culpability. If you reject determinism explain how you justify why external or internal facts do NOT affect the same areas. Pay particular attention to the early idea of the ‘moral problem of punishment’ as it is vital in this area.

1 Expert Answer


Gianna N. answered • 11/06/20

New to Wyzant

M.A. in Criminal Justice

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