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...astounding wealth of arguments discussed and the astuteness and brilliance of the analysis... Carl-Friedrich Stuckenberg, Criminal Law Forum, 2004 Wilson has produced a book that is relatively small but that addresses the basic questions in a logical and coherent manner. Indeed, one of the author's considerable strengths is his ability to explain particularly intricate and often obscure points in simple, comprehensible language. The way in which each chapter begins with a general introduction to the topic, identifying the important issues, is helpful in this regard. Barry Mitchell, Times Higher Education Supplement, February 2004 Wilson's book is a thoughtful contribution to the developing field of theoretical writing about the criminal law. Victor Tadros, Modern Law Review, July 2004 In this engaging, well-written book, William Wilson explores the classic internal questions thrown up by criminal law doctrine. These include the principles underlying the decision to criminalise some behaviour and the nature of punishment, as well as the issues identified as central by many writers since Glanville Williams first published Criminal Law: The General Part 50 years ago. Celia Wells, Cardiff University, Law Quarterly Review, August 2004 The book is well-written, the author has read widely, and the explanation of the positions of the commentators is very good... In sum, the book provides a decent explanation of the position of theory in academic Criminal Law at the start of the twenty-first century, it could be used in undergraduate courses on Criminal Law and it is suited to be a textbook on more advanced, more theoretical, Criminal Law modules. It is also an exemplar of the coming of age of theoretical perspectives in Anglo-Welsh Criminal Law. Michael Jefferson, University of Sheffield, The Law Teacher, September 2004

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William Wilson is a Professor of Criminal Law at Queen Mary,University of London.

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This book reads like the song "Making a good thing better," for law makers. 28 Aug. 2011
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Query though, does knowledge of applicable law in a particular situation make a person moral? Rather some who are highly educated tend to develop sadistic traits as a result of years of intellectual rigor/regiment while still others in power say venting via destruction is the best "high" they can achieve under the guise of "moral" majority will. Author hints at this without affording a chapter or two, although I realize this is not a self-help tool to develop moral virtue.
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