A Theory of the Criminal Law
Michael S. Moore
Reviews and Awards
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
... 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.
Much appreciation goes to Professor Moore for sharing his eloquent legal mind with us and our everlasting gratitude goes to the publisher, Oxford Univesrity Press, for bringing us this marvellous book in paperback....making this wonderful journey through the law accessible to students even. - Sally Ramage, The Criminal Lawyer