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Ronald M Moore
PHIL 200
Seattle Campus

Topics in Philosophy

A study of philosophical topics at the introductory level. The content of the course is entirely at the discretion of the instructor.

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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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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gina S Gould
Date: 05/15/2002