Ronald M Moore
A study of philosophical topics at the introductory level. The content of the course is entirely at the discretion of the instructor.
Spring 2002 description: This is an introduction to the major philosophical issues involved in the contemporary Anglo-American criminal law. Among the general issues to be covered are: theories of culpability, the definition of crime, defenses, excuses, and notice, sentencing, and theories of punishment. Among the more specific issues to be covered are: problems of the mens rea requirement, harmless wrongdoing, impossible attempts and inchoate crime, plea-bargaining, morals-enforcing criminal rules, and capital punishment. Readings will include both philosophical essays and case material. Grading will be based on one or two midterms and a final exam. No prerequisites. Meets I&S requirement. Evening Degree students only during registration period 1. TEXT: (Spring 2002 text: Gorr and Harwood, Crime and Punishment: Philosophic Explorations) (This course may be renumbered PHIL 314.)
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