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Research Seminar Spring 2020 (4): The act requirement

4 February 2020, 4:00 PM6:00 PM GMT

The fourth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 4 February, 2020, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square).

For this meeting, we will focus on questions about the act requirement: Does criminal responsibility depend on the performance of a voluntary act? What is a voluntary act, in the relevant sense? Is there a convincing rationale for the requirement?


  • Moore, Michael S. 1993. Act and Crime. Oxford UP. Ch. 1 “Introduction” and ch. 2 “The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement.”
  • Yaffe, Gideon. 2012. “The Voluntary Act Requirement.” In The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law (ed. Andrei Marmor; Routledge), 174–90.

John Hyman will introduce the topic.

For the schedule for the whole term, see this post.


4 February 2020
4:00 PM–6:00 PM GMT
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Department of Philosophy, UCL
19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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