ABOUT THIS BOOK
- Brings together in one place an interdisciplinary range of ideas and viewpoints, usually scattered throughout the literature
- A book on one of most contentious and debated topics of our times - the moral responsibility of those suffering from psychopathological disorders
- Includes contributions from psychologists, philosophers, and lawyers, offering readers within each of those disciplines insights from people outside their own field of expertise
Psychopaths have emotional and rational impairments that can be expressed
in persistent criminal behaviour. UK and US law has not traditionally excused
disordered individuals for their crimes citing these impairments as a cause
for their criminal behaviour. Until now, the discussion of whether psychopaths
are morally responsible for their behaviour has usually taken place in the realm
of philosophy. However, in recent years, this debate has been informed by scientific
and psychiatric advancements, fundamentally so with the development of Robert
Hare's diagnostic tool, the Psychopathy Checklist.
Responsibility and Psychopathy explores the moral responsibility of psychopaths. It engages with problems at the interface between law, psychiatry, and philosophy, and is divided into three parts offering relevant interdisciplinary background information to address this main problem. The first part discusses the public policy and legal responses to psychopathy. It offers an introduction to the central practical issue of how public policy should respond to psychopathy, providing insights for those arguing about the responsibility of psychopaths. The second part introduces recent scientific advancements in the classification, description, explanation, and treatment of psychopathy. The third part of the volume includes chapters covering the most significant dimensions of philosophical debate on the moral and criminal responsibility of psychopaths.
Exploring one of the most contentious topics of our time, this book will be fascinating reading for psychiatrists, philosophers, criminologists, and lawyers.
Readership: Psychiatrists, philosophers, psychologists, criminologists
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1: John McMillan and Luca Malatesti: Introduction: interfacing law, philosophy
Psychopathy and the Law
2: Tony Ward: Psychopathy and criminal responsibility in historical perspective
3: Peter Bartlett: Stabbing in the dark: English law relating to psychopathy
4: Stephen J. Morse: Psychopathy and the law: the United States experience
5: Matt Matravers: Policies, law and psychopathy: a critical stance from political philosophy
Psychopathy: A New Research Paradigm
6: Luca Malatesti and John McMillan: Defending PCL-R
7: Robert D. Hare and Craig S. Neumann: Psychopathy: assessment and forensic implications
8: Carla Harenski, Robert D. Hare, and Kent A. Kiehl: Neurodevelopmental bases of psychopathy: a review of brain imaging studies
9: James R. P. Ogloff and Melisa Wood: The treatment of psychopathy: clinical nihilism or steps in the right direction?
The Responsibility of the Psychopathic Offender
10: John McMillan and Luca Malatesti: Responsibility and psychopathy
11: Antony Duff: Psychopathy and answerability
12: Neil Levy: Psychopathy, responsibility and the moral/conventional distinction
13: Heidi L. Maibom: Rationalism, emotivism, and the psychopath
14: Jeanette Kennett: Reasons, emotion, and moral judgment in the psychopath
15: Ishtiyaque Haji: The inauthentic evaluative schemes of psychopaths and culpability
16: Grant Gillett: Intentional action, moral responsibility and psychopaths
17: Ronald de Sousa and Douglas Heinrichs: Will a stroke of neuroscience ever eradicate evil?
18: Luca Malatesti and John McMillan: Conclusions: psychopathy and responsibility, a rejoinder
Edited by Luca Malatesti, Assistant Professor, University of Rijeka, Croatia, and John McMillan, Associate Professor, Flinders University, Austrailia