Automatism, Insanity, and the Psychology of Criminal Responsibility
A Philosophical Inquiry
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Automatism, Insanity, and the Psychology of Criminal Responsibility by Robert F. Schopp
Book DescriptionThis is a book about the role that psychological impairment should play in a theory of criminal liability. Criminal guilt in the Anglo-American legal tradition requires both that the defendant committed some proscribed act and did so with intent, knowledge, or recklessness. The second requirement corresponds to the intuitive idea that people should not be punished for something they did not do 'on purpose' or if they 'did not realize what they were doing'. Unlike many works in this area, this book addresses the automatism and insanity defences by examining the types of functional impairment that typical candidates for these defences actually suffer. What emerges is a much wider conceptual framework that allows us to understand the significance of psychological states and processes for the attribution of criminal responsibility in a manner that is logically coherent, morally defensible, and consistent with research in psychopathology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521401500
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert F. Schopp
Automatism, Insanity, and the Psychology of Criminal Responsibility, Paperback (April 2008)
This is a book about the role that psychological impairment should play in a theory of criminal liability.
Justification Defenses and Just Convictions, Paperback (January 2008)
This book extends the traditional scope of the legal and philosophical discussion of justification defences.
Competence, Condemnation, and Commitment: an Integrated Theory of Mental Health Law, Hardback (March 2001)» View all books by Robert F. Schopp
This text offers a framework for examining the intersections between legal institutions and the idea of mental illness. The volume seeks to clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of legal actors, clinicians and social scientists.
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