Criminal Responsibility

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781290762090
  • Publisher: Hard Press Editions
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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CHAPTER III WRONG-DOING The next problem before us is to attach a definite meaning to the term Wrong. It has already been stated that the term is not here used in the technical legal sense in which it is equivalent with Tort; but to characterize those acts which appear, to the average conscience of our time and country, to demand punishment One essential quality of such acts is at once apparent. 11 appears that they must be harmful. They must do harm to some one other than the actor. A man who is isolated from his fellows, a Robinson Crusoe or an Alexander Selkirk must suffer much misery from the deprivation of all companionship; but he is relieved from this implication of social life: he can scarcely do wrong. It would be wrong of him, indeed, to torture his dog, or to starve his parrot; but our sense of the wrongness of such acts arises from our inclusion of his dog and his parrot in our concept of his social circle. Savages and children, in whom this concept is more restricted, would see nothing wrong in such behaviour, which, indeed, is often emulated by them; and we ourselves should not be apt to call it wrong of Crusoe to break the leg of an alligator and leave it to die. If a man chooses to chop off his own fingers, we regard him as foolish, as mad, perhaps, but he does no wrong, unless by the mutilation he does harm to some one else. If, indeed, he thereby disables himselffrom fulfilling duties that he owes to others if he renders himself incapable of defending his country, or supporting those who are dependent on him, then indeed he does wrong, because then he does harm to others ; but so long as the ill-consequences of his act do not extend beyond his ownindividuality, so long there is no wrongness in his act. Doing of harm to others is essential to doing of wr...
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