Responsible Brains: Neuroscience, Law, and Human Culpability

New York, NY, USA: MIT Press (2018)

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Katrina L. Sifferd
Elmhurst College
Tyler Fagan
Elmhurst College
William Hirstein
Elmhurst College
Abstract
[This download includes the table of contents and chapter 1.] When we praise, blame, punish, or reward people for their actions, we are holding them responsible for what they have done. Common sense tells us that what makes human beings responsible has to do with their minds and, in particular, the relationship between their minds and their actions. Yet the empirical connection is not necessarily obvious. The “guilty mind” is a core concept of criminal law, but if a defendant on trial for murder were found to have serious brain damage, which brain parts or processes would have to be damaged for him to be considered not responsible, or less responsible, for the crime? What mental illnesses would justify legal pleas of insanity? The authors argue that evidence from neuroscience and cognitive science can illuminate and inform the nature of responsibility and agency. They go on to offer a novel and comprehensive neuroscientific theory of human responsibility.
Keywords responsibility  executive processes  consciousness  moral responsibility  agency  global workspace  neuroscience  schizophrenia  attitude ascriptions  legal responsibility
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