Review of Metaphysics 52 (1):168-170 (1998)

Daniel McInerny
University of Notre Dame
It may seem odd that our legal culture’s uneasiness with regard to the insanity defense has risen in direct proportion to advancements in the scientific understanding of insanity itself. Yet the most intriguing benefit of Daniel N. Robinson’s short history of the insanity defense is his explanation of why this is not an oddity at all. For as Robinson convincingly argues, Western legal systems at least since the seventeenth century have been influenced by theoretical accounts of insanity which have undermined the very understanding of human agency according to which those legal systems were built. The result has been a mounting incoherency in what it means for a plea of insanity to come before a court of law.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0034-6632
DOI revmetaph1998521139
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 72,607
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Wild Beasts and Idle Humours: Legal Insanity and the Finding of Fault.Daniel N. Robinson - 1994 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 37:159-.
Hoping, Wishing, and Dogs.Colin Radford - 1970 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 13 (1-4):100 – 103.
The Reintroduction and Reinterpretation of the Wild.Eileen O'Rourke - 2000 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 13 (1):144-165.
The Wild, Wild East.Cynthia Scharf - 1992 - Business Ethics 6 (6):20-23.
Infectious Humours: David Krell's Contagion.John McCumber - 2000 - Research in Phenomenology 30 (1):260-264.
My Own Criticism Ofthe Joyless Economy.Tibor Scitovsky - 1996 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 10 (4):595-605.
“Just Life in a Nutshell”: Humours as Common Sense.Noga Arikha - 2008 - Philosophical Forum 39 (3):303-314.
The Virtues of Wild Leisure.Charles J. List - 2005 - Environmental Ethics 27 (4):355-373.
Values Gone Wild.I. I. I. Rolston - 1983 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 26 (2):181 – 207.


Added to PP index

Total views
9 ( #957,734 of 2,533,631 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #389,998 of 2,533,631 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes