Placing Blame: A Theory of the Criminal Law

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Oxford University Press, 2010 - Law - 849 pages
This is a collection of essays written by Moore which form a thorough examination of the theory of criminal responsibility. The author covers a wide range of topics, giving the book a coherence and unity which is rare in assembled essays. Perhaps the most significant feature of this book is Moore's espousal of a retributivist theory of punishment. This anti-utilitarian standpoint is a common thread throughout the book. It is also a trend which is currently manifesting itself in all areas of moral, political and legal philosophy, but Moore is one of the first to apply such attitudes so sytematically to criminal law theory. As such, this innovative, new book will be of great interest to all scholars in this field.

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The Theory of Criminal Laws Function
The Theory of the General Part The Theory of Responsibility
The Theory of the Special Part Theories of Legislation and of Wrongful Action

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Professor Michael Moore holds the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair at the Univerity 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 include Causation and Responsibility (OUP, 2009), Act and Crime (OUP, 1993), and Law and Psychiatry (CUP, 1984).

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