Responsibility and Fault

By Tony Honore

Why should we be held responsible for the harm we cause? Honor? proposes a theory of responsibility, "outcome responsibility", according to which, to be responsible, it is sufficient to have intervened in the world. To act and to be responsible is to assume certain risks, so that responsibility can be a matter of luck rather than fault or merit. Whether responsibility carries with it moral blame or legal liability is an important but secondary question. With the help of this theory the author: explains the moral basis of strict liability and of tort law in general; shows when there is a moral difference between positive acts and omissions; and indicates the extent to which the circumstances that cause a wrongdoer to do wrong should affect his responsibility. In 2001, writing in the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift, Professor Reinhard Zimmermann selected Responsibility and Fault as one of the foreign law books of the year, stressing that the argument that responsibility can be independent of fault would be especially interesting to German lawyers.


163 pages

Publication Date: 10/25/2002
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781841133997

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