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

ISBN13: 9780199599509
Published: August 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback 1993)
Price: £39.99

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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 and nothing 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 (in addition 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 both legislators and judgees (and the lawyers who argue to both) a grounding in three of the most basic elelments of criminal liability.

  • Originally published in Hardback in 1993.

Criminal Law, Jurisprudence
Preface to the Paperback Edition
1: Introduction: Criminal Law's Three Conduct Requirements
Part I: Basic Acts and the Act Requirement
2: The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement
3: The Orthodox View of the Act Requirement and Its Normative Defence
4: The Metaphysics of Basic Acts I: The Existence of Actions
5: The Metaphysics of Basic Acts II: The Identity of Actions with Bodily Movements
6: The Metaphysics of Basic Acts III: Volitions as the Essential Sources of Actions
Part II: Complex Action Descriptions and the Actus Reus Requirement
7: The Doctrinal Basis of the Actus Reus Requirement
8: Unity in Complex Action Description and in the Actus Reus Requirement
9: The Normative Basis for the Actus Reus Requirement
10: The Metaphysics of Complex Actions I: The Dependence of Complex Actions on Basic Acts
11: The Metaphysics of Complex Actions II: The Identity of Complex Actions with Basic Acts
Part III: The Identity Conditions of Actions and the Double Jeopardy Requirement
12: The Doctrinal and Normative Basis of the Double Jeopardy Requirement
13: Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Notions of the 'Sameness' of Action-Types
14: Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Notions of the 'Sameness' of Act-Tokens.