Paper's abstract

Christian Debuyst, Reason, Communication and Delinquency. The notion of "reasonable man" and its complexity in Condillac
The notion of "reasonable man" dominated the classical penal conception. Through the work of Condillac, the author shows that psychological implications underlying this notion are more complex than what one usually means with the terms of utilitarianism and sensualism. From a study on language and prejudices, in relation to socialisation, Condillac succeeds in founding a true ethic of communication.

Key Words : Condillac, reason, communication, delinquency
t. 37, 1992 : p. 229-246