Living with Genius: The Life and Work of Michael S. Moore

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This chapter synthesizes Michael Moore’s scholarly opus, organizing the breathtaking array of topics that he has tackled, restating the field-changing theses that he has defended, and extracting a set of common themes that define the essential components of his intellectual legacy. Along the way, it draws upon personal experiences in Michael’s life that may have influenced his scholarly choices. On pain of committing the genetic fallacy, the piece does not purport either to bolster or to debunk any of his claims simply by explaining them in terms of their causal antecedents. Still, the causal antecedents of beliefs can be interesting for their own sake. So the project is to provide a systematic and comprehensive taxonomy of Michael’s work and to salt it with biographical events, relationships, triumphs, and traumas that illuminate how personal the ideas that have defined his prolific academic career to date have been.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLegal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael S. Moore
EditorsKimberly Kessler Ferzan, Stephen J Morse
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198703242, 9780191008962
StatePublished - 2015


  • metaphysics
  • Michael Moore
  • jurisprudence
  • interpretation
  • substantive ethics
  • meta-ethics
  • political philosophy
  • criminal law
  • philosophy of science
  • psychology


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