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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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

Edited by: Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, Stephen J. Morse

ISBN13: 9780198703242
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

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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.

Comprised 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, and Moore's views about the culpability of negligence, as well as the relationship between that view and proximate causation.

Furthermore, the subject of defenses in criminal law is addressed, including self-defense, and also the intersection of psychiatry, psychology, 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.

1. Editors' Introduction
2. Living With Genius: 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
9. Do We Need a Doctrine of Complicity?
10. Reluctant Pluralist: Moore on Negligence
11. Putting (and Keeping) Proximate Cause in its Place
12. Moore on Causation and Responsibility: Metaphysics or Intuition?
13. The Moral Asymmetry Between Acts and Omissions
14. Moore and the Metaphysics of Causation
15. Self Defense: Tell Me Moore
16. Moore on the Mind
17. The Means Principle
18. Moral Dilemmas and Moral Theory: Toward a Viable Deontology
19. <"Just No Damned Good>"
20. Conceptual Breakage and Reconstruction: Michael S. Moore's Natural Law Theory of Interpretation
21. Metaphysical Realism and Legal Reasoning
22. Law and the Role of a Judge
23. Responses and Appreciations