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Placing Blame: A Theory of the Criminal Law Paperback – November 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199599493 ISBN-10: 0199599491

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 872 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199599491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199599493
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The high-point of Moore's exposition ... is a fine and psychologically penetrating defense of subjective moral institutions and emotions as 'heuristic indicators' of moral truths." --Books and Culture, July/Aug. 2000."

"In an elegant and masterly introductory essay, laying out in order all the tasks of a theory of criminal law, he pleads that any 'deep theory' of the way law operates must take a moral point of view and be founded on moral institutions." --Books and Culture, July/Aug. 2000."

"This book belongs on the shelves of every serious criminal law theorist and every research library in the world." --M. M. Feeley, University of California, Berkeley, Choice, Feb 1999, Vol 36, no. 6

"The book has four particular qualities which mark it out as a distinctive contribution to criminal law theory... its scope is remarkably broad. Furthermore, Moore brings an unusual combination of disciplinary perspectives to bear on the wide range of questions which he considers. Moore is also unusual in giving the emotions a central place in his theory of criminal law. One has to admire the originality of Moore's position. He is a trenchant anti-consequentialist in ethics who nonetheless provides a careful analysis of the proper role of consequential arguments in shaping criminal law." --Nicola Lacey, The Modern Law Review 15/08/2000

"...the book works mainly as a collection of essays, written over the past twenty years, on topics in criminal theory. As such, it has real strengths./ ... these are high-quality essays by a considerable figure, and should be read by anyone interested in criminal theory who has not done so already." --A. P. Simester, The Cambridge Law Journal, 1998.

About the Author

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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