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Mar18-09, 01:05 PM
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To what extent is a wrong-doer responsible for their actions?

Even if no personal responsibility existed, it would still be entirely rational to punish people in a preventative manner for deterrence. However, the reason we hold people who are mentally sane responsible for their actions and not the mentally ill, is because the mentally sane can usually predict the outcome of their actions and act to avoid unpleasant consequences. Insane people usually can't.