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Imputability
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[German Version]

As an ethical and legal term, imputability denotes (in a person who has reached the age of discretion) the normally assumed capacity to recognize the morality (Morality and immorality) or legality of an action in a given situation and to act on this recognition by voluntarily choosing whether or not to act, thus becoming legally and morally responsible for any consequences. The concept is a product of the theory of imputation (see also Justification) as developed in 17th- and 18th-century German natural law theory, moral philosophy (Morality, Ethics: VI), and penolo…

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Huxel, Kirsten, “Imputability”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026553>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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