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    DescriptionPsychopaths 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.

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    Responsibility and Psychopathy
    Interfacing Law, Psychiatry and Philosophy
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Luca Malatesti, Edited by John McMillan
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 340
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199551637
    ISBN 10: 0199551634

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    Oxford University Press
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    26 October 2010
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    John McMillan is Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, Flinders University. Prior to this appointment he worked at the Hull York Medical School (2004-9), Cambridge (2002-4), Oxford (1998-2002) and Otago (1995-8) where he taught ethics to philosophy and medical students. He is an editor of The Principles of Healthcare Ethics (with Ashcroft, Dawson and Draper) 2007, Empirical Ethics in Psychiatry (with Widdershoven, Hope and Van der Scheer) 2008 and The Limits of Consent (with Corrigan, Liddell, Richards and Weijer) 2009. He was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on ethical issues and dementia which reported on October 1st, 2009. He is about to begin work on a book The Methods of Bioethics (with Adrian Walsh).
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction: interfacing law, philosophy and psychiatry ; PSYCHOPATHY AND THE LAW ; 2. Psychopathy and criminal responsibility in historical perspective ; 3. Stabbing in the dark: English law relating to psychopathy ; 4. Psychopathy and the law: the United States experience ; 5. Policies, law and psychopathy: a critical stance from political philosophy ; PSYCHOPATHY: A NEW RESEARCH PARADIGM ; 6. Defending PCL-R ; 7. Psychopathy: assessment and forensic implications ; 8. Neurodevelopmental bases of psychopathy: a review of brain imaging studies ; 9. The treatment of psychopathy: clinical nihilism or steps in the right direction? ; THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PSYCHOPATHIC OFFENDER ; 10. Responsibility and psychopathy ; 11. Psychopathy and answerability ; 12. Psychopathy, responsibility and the moral/conventional distinction ; 13. Rationalism, emotivism, and the psychopath ; 14. Reasons, emotion, and moral judgment in the psychopath ; 15. The inauthentic evaluative schemes of psychopaths and culpability ; 16. Intentional action, moral responsibility and psychopaths ; 17. Will a stroke of neuroscience ever eradicate evil? ; 18. Conclusions: psychopathy and responsibility, a rejoinder