Genetics and Criminal Behavior

Genetics and Criminal Behavior

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In this 2001 volume a group of leading philosophers address some of the basic conceptual, methodological and ethical issues raised by genetic research into criminal behavior. The essays explore the complexities of tracing any genetic influence on criminal, violent or antisocial behavior; the varieties of interpretations to which evidence of such influences is subject; and the relevance of such influences to the moral and legal appraisal of criminal conduct. The distinctive features of this collection are: first, that it advances public discussion while clarifying the debate about genetic research and criminal behavior; second, that it explains scientific controversies about behavioral genetics in lucid, non-technical terms; third, that it demonstrates how the possible findings on genetics and crime bear on fundamental issues of moral and criminal responsibility. The volume will be of particular value to philosophers concerned with applied ethics (especially bioethics), behavioral geneticists, psychologists, legal theorists, and more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 b/w illus. 12 tables
  • 1139173162
  • 9781139173162

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'... the book is a good introduction to the state of play in this area of study =>'. Practical Philosophyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I: 1. Understanding the genetics of violence controversy Robert Wachbroit; 2. Separating nature and nurture Elliott Sober; 3. Genetic explanations of behavior Kenneth Schaffner; 4. On the explanatory limits of behavioral genetics Kenneth Taylor; 5. Degeneracy, criminal behavior and looping Ian Hacking; 6. Genetic plans, genetic differences, and violence: some chief possibilities Allen Gibbard; Part II: 7. Crime, genes, and responsibility Marcia Baron; 8. Genes, statistics, and desert Peter Van Inwagen; 9. Genes, electrotransmitters, and free will Patricia Greenspan; 10. Moral responsibility without free will Michael Slote; 11. Strong genetic influence and the new 'optimism' Jorge Garcia; 12. Genetic predispositions to violent and antisocial behavior: responsibility, character, and identity David more

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