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First, it is not clear that elucidating the honorific does require a reference to role-responsibility. 13 This way of explaining the honorific strikes me as artificial. Comparatively, Hart’s idea that a responsible person is one who takes her duties seriously seems far more basic than the idea that she is likely to be in a position to account satisfactorily for her conduct. Indeed, once a reference has been made to her taking her duties seriously, mention of the fact that she is well placed to answer for her actions seems superfluous.
152. , 150. 80 Introduction 27 prisoners could have left their cells, for there was nothing to stop them anymore. But imagine that only one prisoner hears the cell door being unlocked; the other is fast asleep. There is a sense in which only the prisoner who was aware of his opportunity for freedom could leave. This is the sense in which I cannot pull the ace of spades from a shuffled, face-down deck of cards, although, apart from my ignorance, nothing is stopping me from pulling out the right card.
38 Karin Boxer of moral liability-responsibility, on a person’s responsibility for his own acts or omissions. I further focus on criminal liability-responsibility and its moral counterpart. Hart thought it wise to separate the discussion of legal liability-responsibility from that of moral liability-responsibility. I think the same. 1 Legal liability-responsibility Hart’s treatment of legal liability-responsibility is the most detailed of his treatments of the different varieties of responsibility.