Commentary on Szmukler: Mental Illness, Dangerousness, and Involuntary Civil Commitment

In Daniel D. Moseley Gary J. Gala (ed.), Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections, and New Perspectives. Routledge. pp. 147-160 (2016)

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Ken M. Levy
Louisiana State University
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Prof. Cohen and I answer six questions: (1) Why do we lock people up? (2) How can involuntary civil commitment be reconciled with people's constitutional right to liberty? (3) Why don't we treat homicide as a public health threat? (4) What is the difference between legal and medical approaches to mental illness? (5) Why is mental illness required for involuntary commitment? (6) Where are we in our efforts to understand the causes of mental illness?
Keywords suicide  mental illness  public health  dangerousness  involuntary civil commitment  homicide  liberty  retributivism  consequentialism  expressivism
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