This chapter discusses the concept of legal liability-responsibility. Legal liability-responsibility refers to all the general components usually necessary to incur legal blame and, in private law, to be compelled to comply with a court order to pay damages or otherwise remedy the harm done. There are other kinds of liability-responsibility, the most significant being ‘moral liability-responsibility’. This lays down the requirements for legitimately praising and blaming those whose conduct is either morally wrong or morally commendable. Both moral and legal liability-responsibility have a similar function, namely, attributing conduct and its outcomes to agents. However, whereas legal liability-responsibility usually concerns itself only with the attribution of conduct and outcomes that are baleful, moral liability-responsibility deals with both good and bad conduct and its outcomes.
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