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dc.contributor.authorGodman, M
dc.contributor.authorJefferson, A
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-29T11:09:14Z
dc.date.available2014-09-29T11:09:14Z
dc.date.issued2017-03
dc.identifier.citationCriminal Law and Philosophy
dc.identifier.issn1871-9791
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246056
dc.descriptionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11572-014-9340-3
dc.description.abstractCurrent legal practice holds that a diagnosis of psychopathy does not remove criminal responsibility. In contrast, many philosophers and legal experts are increasingly persuaded by evidence from experimental psychology and neuroscience indicating moral and cognitive deficits in psychopaths and have argued that they should be excused from moral responsibility. However, having opposite views concerning psychopaths’ moral responsibility, on the one hand, and criminal responsibility, on the other, seems unfortunate given the assumption that the law should, at least to some extent, react to the same desert-based considerations as do ascriptions of moral responsibility. In response, Stephen Morse has argued that the law should indeed be reformed so as to excuse those with severe psychopathy from blame, but that psychopaths who have committed criminal offences should still be subject to some legal repercussions such as civil commitment. We argue that consequentialist and norm-expressivist considerations analogous to those that support punishing psychopaths, or at least retaining some legal liability, might also be drawn on in favour of holding psychopaths morally accountable.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserved
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dc.titleOn Blaming and Punishing Psychopaths
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionaccepted version
prism.publicationNameCriminal Law and Philosophy
pubs.declined2017-10-11T13:54:34.90+0100
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s11572-014-9340-3
dc.identifier.eissn1871-9805
cam.issuedOnline2014-10-07


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