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

Michael S. Moore


This book seeks illumination of three aspects of Anglo-American criminal law by the philosophy of action. These are, first, the general requirement that an accused perform some voluntary act before he can be convicted of crime; second, that that voluntary act have the properties marking it as one of the kinds of acts prohibited by statute, what lawyers call the ‘actus reus’ of crimes; and third, the double jeopardy requirement that no one should be prosecuted or punished more than once for doing but one act instantiating but one offence. These three requirements are seen as part of the ‘genera ... More

Keywords: act, action, voluntary action, actus reus, double jeopardy, omissions, volitions

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599509.001.0001


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Michael S. Moore, author
Charles R. Walgreen Jr., University Chair and Centre for Advanced Study Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois
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