Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael S. Moore

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Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, Stephen J. Morse
Oxford University Press, 2016 - Law - 446 pages
Perhaps more than any other scholar, Michael Moore has argued that there are deep and necessary connections between metaphysics, morality, and law. Moore has developed every contour of a theory of criminal law, from philosophy of action to a theory of causation. Indeed, not only is he the
central figure in retributive punishment but his moral realist position places him at the center of many jurisprudential debates.

Comprising of essays by leading scholars, this volume discusses and challenges the work of Michael Moore from one or more of the areas where he has made a lasting contribution, namely, law, morality, metaphysics, psychiatry, and neuroscience. The volume begins with a riveting contribution by Heidi
Hurd, wherein she takes an unadorned and unabashed look at the man behind this monumental body of work, full of both triumphs and sadness. A number of essays focus on Moore's view of the purpose and justification of the criminal law, specifically his endorsement of retributivism and legal moralism.
The book then addresses Moore's work in the various aspects of the general part of the criminal law, including Moore's position on how to understand criminal acts for double jeopardy purposes, Moore's claim that accomplice liability is superfluous, Moore's views about the culpability of negligence,
and the relationship between that view and proximate causation. Furthermore, the subject of defenses in criminal law is addressed, including self-defense as well as the intersection of the psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, and the criminal law. Also discussed are features of morality, and
Moore's work in general jurisprudence. Finally, Moore concludes the volume with an essay that defends and delineates the features of his views.


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1 Editors Introduction
The Life and Work of Michael S Moore
3 Modest Retributivism
4 What Do Criminals Deserve?
5 Retributive Desert as Fair Play
6 The Wrong and the Free
7 Legal Moralism and Public Wrongs
8 Moore in Jeopardy Again
Tell Me Moore
16 Moore on the Mind
17 The Means Principle
Toward a Viable Deontology
19 Just No Damned Good
Michael S Moores Natural Law Theory of Interpretation
21 Metaphysical Realism and Legal Reasoning
22 Law and the Role of a Judge

9 Do We Need a Doctrine of Complicity?
Moore on Negligence
11 Putting and Keeping Proximate Cause in its Place
Metaphysics or Intuition?
13 The Moral Asymmetry Between Acts and Omissions
14 Moore and the Metaphysics of Causation

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Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, Harrison Robertson Professor of Law, Caddell and Chapham Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School,Stephen J. Morse, Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Kimberly Kessler Ferzan is Harrison Robertson Professor of Law and Caddell and Chapman Professor of Law at the University of Virginia.

Stephen J. Morse, a lawyer and board-certified forensic psychologist, is Ferdinand Wakeman Hubell Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, and Associate Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania.

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