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Causation and Responsibility

H. L. A. Hart

in Causation in the Law

Second edition

Published in print May 1985 | ISBN: 9780198254744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254744.003.0004
Causation and Responsibility

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The fact that there is no precise system of punishments or rewards for common sense to administer, and so there are no ‘forms of action’ or ‘pleadings’ to define precise heads of responsibility for harm, means that the principles which guide common-sense attributions of responsibility give precise answers only in relatively simple types of case. Meanwhile, the words ‘To consequences no limit can be set’ and ‘Every event which would not have happened if an earlier event had not happened is the consequence of that earlier event’ are sometimes said by lawyers to be ‘the philosophical doctrine’ of causation.

Keywords: causation; responsibility; common sense; harm

Chapter.  10577 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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