Moral Responsibility and Mental Illness: a Call for Nuance

Neuroethics 11 (1):11-22 (2018)

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Joshua May
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Matt King
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Abstract
Does having a mental disorder, in general, affect whether someone is morally responsible for an action? Many people seem to think so, holding that mental disorders nearly always mitigate responsibility. Against this Naïve view, we argue for a Nuanced account. The problem is not just that different theories of responsibility yield different verdicts about particular cases. Even when all reasonable theories agree about what's relevant to responsibility, the ways mental illness can affect behavior are so varied that a more nuanced approach is needed.
Keywords psychopathology  blame  free will
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