Psychopathy and criminal responsibility

Neuroethics 1 (3):205-212 (2008)
Abstract
This article considers whether psychopaths should be held criminally responsible. After describing the positive law of criminal responsibility in general and as it applies to psychopaths, it suggests that psychopaths lack moral rationality and that severe psychopaths should be excused from crimes that violate the moral rights of others. Alternative forms of social control for dangerous psychopaths, such as involuntary civil commitment, are considered, and the potential legal implications of future scientific understanding of psychopathy are addressed.
Keywords Psychopathy  Legal responsibility  Criminal responsibility  Antisocial personality disorder  Rationality  Coercion
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