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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 Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement

The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement

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(p.17) 2 The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement
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Act and Crime
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Michael S. Moore (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599509.003.0002

Are there crimes of mental state or mental action, status, omission, or possession in Anglo-American criminal law, and do (or would) the existence of any such crimes belie the existence of any voluntary act requirement in that law? Are there one, four, or many, act requirement(s) in that law? Is the act requirement vacuous because it does not specify the time at which the accused must perform a voluntary act? These three forms of scepticism about the existence and coherence of a unitary act requirement in Anglo-American criminal law are rebutted.

Keywords:   possession, status, omission, voluntary act

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