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Related to excusing: run by, arise from, finalised, took over
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9] This emphasis on the "morally active" reasons for an actor's conduct, which is central to Horder's notion of excusing, may incline some readers to think about the normative judgments inherent in justification defenses, and Horder's taxonomy acknowledges that some excuses--those characterized by strong "actively justificatory" elements (3)--may come very close to being justification claims.
It is natural to begin with excuses because the new syndromes are abnormalities and abnormalities are usually excusing conditions that bear on the accused's responsibility, rather than objectively justifying conditions that make otherwise wrongful conduct right under the circumstances.