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Restoring the Moral Landscape: Character and Blame in Stuart Green's 'Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle'

16 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2013  

Mary Sigler

Arizona State University - College of Law

Date Written: April 17, 2013

Abstract

Stuart Green’s "Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle" is a thoughtful and comprehensive analysis of the law and morality of theft that sets the terms of a long-overdue debate about the shift toward consolidation in Anglo-American theft law. Despite Green’s considerable achievement, however, I argue that his mixed approach — adopting a mixed theory of criminal responsibility and a mixed methodological approach — neglects relevant moral distinctions. In particular, I suggest that attention to motive and character may broaden the range of considerations relevant to the moral analysis that underlies Green’s legal prescriptions and provide an added dimension to the normative assessment of popular opinion.

Keywords: theft law, Stuart Green, character, motive

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Sigler, Mary, Restoring the Moral Landscape: Character and Blame in Stuart Green's 'Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle' (April 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2252960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2252960

Mary Sigler (Contact Author)

Arizona State University - College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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