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Act and CrimeThe Philosophy of Action and its Implications for Criminal Law$
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Michael S. Moore

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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The Metaphysics of Complex Actions II: The Identity of Complex Actions With Basic Acts

The Metaphysics of Complex Actions II: The Identity of Complex Actions With Basic Acts

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(p.280) 11 The Metaphysics of Complex Actions II: The Identity of Complex Actions With Basic Acts
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Act and Crime
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Michael S. Moore (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599509.003.0011

The reason all complex actions ‘involve’ some basic act (see chapter 10, preceding), is because all complex actions simply are such basic actions of willed bodily movements. The chapter thus defends the Nineteenth Century views of Austin and Holmes, that human actions are always willed bodily movements, ‘and nothing else.’ On the merits this metaphysical view is defended against the many ordinary language oddities that it seemingly produces.

Keywords:   location of acts, time of acts, essence of acts, identity of acts, complex acts, basic acts

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