Act and Crime: The Philosophy of Action and its Implications for Criminal Law

Paperback | August 22, 2010

byMichael S. Moore

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In print for the first time in over ten years, Act and Crime provides a unified account of the theory of action presupposed by both Anglo-American criminal law and the morality that underlies it. The book defends the view that human actions are always volitionally caused bodily movements andnothing else. The theory is used to illuminate three major problems in the drafting and the interpretation of criminal codes: 1) what the voluntary act requirement both does and should require; 2) what complex descriptions of actions prohitbited by criminal codes both do and should require (inaddition to the doing of a voluntary act); and 3) when two actions are 'the same' for purposes of assessing whether multiple prosecutions and multiple punishments are warranted. The book both contributes to the development of a coherent theory of action in philosophy, and it provides bothlegislators and judgees (and the lawyers who argue to both) a grounding in three of the most basic elelments of criminal liability.

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In print for the first time in over ten years, Act and Crime provides a unified account of the theory of action presupposed by both Anglo-American criminal law and the morality that underlies it. The book defends the view that human actions are always volitionally caused bodily movements andnothing else. The theory is used to illumin...

Professor Michael Moore holds the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair at the University of Illinois. He is jointly appointed as Professor of Law in the College of Law and as Professor of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also holds an appointment as a Professor with the Center for Advanced Studies. His major works ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:August 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199599505

ISBN - 13:9780199599509

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Preface to the Paperback Edition1. Introduction: Criminal Law's Three Conduct RequirementsPart I: Basic Acts and the Act Requirement2. The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement3. The Orthodox View of the Act Requirement and Its Normative Defence4. The Metaphysics of Basic Acts I: The Existence of Actions5. The Metaphysics of Basic Acts II: The Identity of Actions with Bodily Movements6. The Metaphysics of Basic Acts III: Volitions as the Essential Sources of ActionsPart II: Complex Action Descriptions and the Actus Reus Requirement7. The Doctrinal Basis of the Actus Reus Requirement8. Unity in Complex Action Description and in the Actus Reus Requirement9. The Normative Basis for the Actus Reus Requirement10. The Metaphysics of Complex Actions I: The Dependence of Complex Actions on Basic Acts11. The Metaphysics of Complex Actions II: The Identity of Complex Actions with Basic ActsPart III: The Identity Conditions of Actions and the Double Jeopardy Requirement12. The Doctrinal and Normative Basis of the Double Jeopardy Requirement13. Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Notions of the 'Sameness' of Action-Types14. Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Notions of the 'Sameness' of Act-Tokens