Article

Legal and Moral Responsibility

Citation

Duff RA (2009) Legal and Moral Responsibility. Philosophy Compass, 4 (6), pp. 978-986. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-9991.2009.00257.x/abstract; https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-9991.2009.00257.x

Abstract
The paper begins with the plausible view that criminal responsibility should track moral responsibility, and explains its plausibility. A necessary distinction is then drawn between liability and answerability as two dimensions of responsibility, and is shown to underpin the distinction in criminal law between offences and defences. This enables us to distinguish strict liability from strict answerability, and to see that whilst strict criminal liability seems inconsistent with the principle that criminal responsibility should track moral responsibility, strict criminal answerability is not. We must ask, therefore, whether, when and why strict criminal responsibility is unacceptable.

Journal
Philosophy Compass: Volume 4, Issue 6

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2009
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/2472
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Publisher URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…00257.x/abstract