The inauthentic evaluative schemes of psychopaths and culpability

Ishtiyaque Haji

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

The inauthentic evaluative schemes of psychopaths and culpability

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In conclusion, there is an authenticity or ‘ownership’ dimension to responsibility: to be responsible for one's intentional behaviour, this behaviour must issue non-deviantly from springs of action that are ‘truly one's own’. In this chapter, I have suggested that the emotional impairment of psychopaths may affect authenticity of actional springs both during the stage of childhood when an individual is not a fully developed (normative) agent – an agent who is not an appropriate candidate for responsibility ascriptions – and at the post-normative agent stage. Inauthenticity of the psychopath's springs of action may diminish degree of culpability even if the psychopath satisfies freedom and epistemic conditions on responsibility. Or inauthenticity may diminish degree of culpability as a result of its detrimental influence on the psychopath's ability to recognize moral reasons, this diminished capacity in recognition then negatively affecting translation of reasons into action.

Chapter.  8857 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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