Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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This chapter discusses the moral and legal concept of dangerousness as it applies to mental disorder. It highlights the uneasy balance between ensuring safety for those endangered when their actions pose a threat (to self or others) and respecting individual rights. It argues that the fulcrum that would seek to balance these conflicting goals should be set at a point that is clearly advantageous to the rights of the individual over the collective.

Keywords: case law; prediction; liability; mental disorder; individual; collective

Chapter.  5332 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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