Metaphilosophy in Practice: The Responsibility of Psychopathic Offenders as a Case Study

Anthropology and Philosophy 12:85-100 (2015/2016)
Luca Malatesti
University of Rijeka
We argue that philosophy has an important role to play in bridging certain social practices with certain scientific advancements. Specifically, we describe such a role by focusing on the issue of how and whether neuropsychological data concerning psychopathic offenders reflect on their criminal culpability. We offer some methodological requirements for this type of philosophical application. In addition, we show how it might help in addressing the problem of determining the criminal responsibility of psychopathic offenders.
Keywords metaphilosophy  psychopathy  criminal responsibility  mind body problem in practice
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