Is Psychopathy a Harmful Dysfunction?

Biology and Philosophy 34 (1) (2019)

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Marko Jurjako
University of Rijeka
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In their paper “Is psychopathy a mental disease?”, Thomas Nadelhoffer and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argue that according to any plausible account of mental disorder, neural and psychological abnormalities correlated with psychopathy should be regarded as signs of a mental disorder. I oppose this conclusion by arguing that at least on a naturalistically grounded account, such as Wakefield’s ‘Harmful Dysfunction’ view, currently available empirical data and evolutionary considerations indicate that psychopathy is not a mental disorder. For an online version of the paper, see https: //rdcu.be/bffeZ
Keywords psychopathy   mental disorder  harmful dysfunctions  frequency-dependent selection  life-history theory
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