The moral bioenhancement of psychopaths

Journal of Medical Ethics 43 (10):697-701 (2017)

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Luca Malatesti
University of Rijeka
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We argue that the mandatory moral bioenhancement of psychopaths is justified as a prescription of social morality. Moral bioenhancement is legitimate when it is justified on the basis of the reasons of the recipients. Psychopaths expect and prefer that the agents with whom they interact do not have certain psychopathic traits. Particularly, they have reasons to require the moral bioenhancement of psychopaths with whom they must cooperate. By adopting a public reason and a Kantian argument, we conclude that we can justify to a psychopath being the recipient of mandatory moral bioenhancement because he has a reason to require the application of this prescription to other psychopaths.
Keywords Behaviour Modification  Enhancement  Moral Psychology  Philosophical Ethics  Psychiatry
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DOI 10.1136/medethics-2016-103537
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