Defending PCL-R

Luca Malatesti and John McMillan

in Responsibility and psychopathy

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Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754630 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Defending PCL-R

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This volume is prefaced upon two central claims. We think that investigating the moral responsibility of psychopaths is relevant for policy-making and judiciary practice about psychopathic offenders. In addition, we think that the recent theoretical and empirical research, that is based upon Robert Hare's psychopathy checklist and illustrated in this section of the book, is relevant for this investigation.

We support our first claim in Chapter 10; here we clarify and defend our second commitment.1 This defence involves a brief illustration of some of the functional impairments that correlate with psychopathy as measured by Hare's checklist. Such correlations, as we see in the third section of the book, have attracted the attention of philosophers interested on psychopathy. Moreover, we illustrate in broad lines the current theoretical hypotheses about the neurological causes of the disorder.

Chapter.  5325 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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