Moral insanity and evil

Grant Gillett

in The Mind and its Discontents

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199237548
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754555 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Moral insanity and evil

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The psychiatric problems surrounding society and the psychopath bear directly on our notions of responsibility and moral judgement. The philosophical analysis of intentional action is directly relevant to the understanding of psychopathy and the impulsiveness that characterizes it. It is greatly enhanced by a neo-Aristotelian account of action, continence, and practical wisdom. I shall examine the neuropsychological and other features of psychopaths that help us understand their problem and try to relate these to notions of criminal responsibility and desert and also to radical evil and culpability as it arises in extremes of violent and criminal behaviour.

Chapter.  15403 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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