Neurosurgery for psychopaths? The problems of empathy and neurodiversity

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Erick Ramirez
Santa Clara University
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I argue that deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a bad approach for incarcerated psychopaths for two reasons. First, given what we know about psychopathy, empathy, and DBS, it is unlikely to function as an effective treatment for the moral problems that characterize psychopathy. Second, considerations of neurodiversity speak against seeing psychopathy as a mental illness in the first place.
Keywords Psychopathy  Neurosurgery  empathy  neurodiversity  deep brain stimulation
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DOI 10.1080/21507740.2016.1218387
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