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'Terror and Torture: Ethics and Law in Extremis' to be annual philosophy lecture April 4

Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Michael S. Moore, professor of law and of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give the 2002-2003 Annual Philosophy Public Lecture at 4 p.m. April 4 (Friday) in 141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 W. Green St., Urbana.

In his inaugural lecture as a professor of philosophy, Moore will speak on the topic of "Terror and Torture: Ethics and Law in Extremis." The event is free and open to the public.

Moore is one of the country’s foremost authorities on the intersection of law and philosophy. At Illinois, he holds one of two Charles R. Walgreen Jr. endowed chairs and also is co-director of the Program in Law and Philosophy in the College of Law.

Moore is the author of "Placing Blame, a General Theory of the Criminal Law" (Oxford University Press, 1997) and of "Act and Crime: The Philosophy of Action and Its Implications for Criminal Law" (Oxford, 1993).

In addition to five books and contracts for two others, Moore has published 50 major articles, which have appeared in the country’s top law reviews.

He has presented more than 150 lectures and papers in jurisprudence, law, legal philosophy, political science and economics, political theory, psychology and psychiatry to audiences in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Moore, who joined the faculty at Illinois last August, previously was the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-founded and directed the university’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. He also has taught at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Kansas, the University of San Diego and the University of Southern California.

The event is sponsored by the philosophy department and by the Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government Program of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs.