top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
The Rules of Insanity
Moral Responsibility and the Mentally Ill
The Rules of Insanity
Click on image to enlarge

Carl Elliott - Author
N/A
Hardcover - 143 pages
Release Date: July 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2951-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2951-8

Out of Print
Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 143 pages
Release Date: July 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2952-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2952-5

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Addresses the question: Can we apply ordinary standards of responsibility to the mentally disordered offender?

In The Rules of Insanity, Carl Elliott draws on philosophy and psychiatry to develop a conceptual framework for judging the moral responsibility of mentally ill offenders. Arguing that there is little useful that can be said about the responsibility of mentally ill offenders in general, Elliott looks at specific mental illnesses in detail; among them schizophrenia, manic-depressive disorders, psychosexual disorders such as exhibitionism and voyeurism, personality disorders, and impulse control disorders such as kleptomania and pyromania. He takes a particularly hard look at the psychopath or sociopath, who many have argued is incapable of understanding morality. Making extensive use of psychiatric case histories, Elliott explores the various ways in which mental illness can affect a person’s intentions and thus excuse him or her from moral responsibility.

"This is the best discussion of the insanity defense and diminished capacity that I have seen from an ethics point of view. Other treatments tend to be more legally oriented and to make light of the more fundamental philosophical and ethical issues. What is special is the author's easy familiarity with the clinical problems (he is a physician), his well reasoned, well written, jargon free argument, and his capacity to go back and forth from general principles to particular cases and disorders. This book has a unique niche--its conclusions are responsible--it teaches a lot." -- Michael Schwartz, M.D., Case Western Reserve University

Carl Elliott is Assistant Professor at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Clinical Ethicist at Montreal Children's Hospital.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Insanity Pleas: Mental Disorders and Legal Responsibility

2. Mental Illness, Aristotle, and the Straight Rule of Responsibility

3. Desire and Duress

4. Character Judgments and the Personality Disorders

5. Morals, Lions, and Psychopaths

6. Beliefs, Delusions, and Identity

7. The Threshold of Morally Responsible Agency

Notes

Bibliography

Index



Related Subjects
31885/31886(PR//FK)

Related Titles

In Search of Dreams
In Search of Dreams
Careers in Theory and Experience
Careers in Theory and Experience
Subtle Activism
Subtle Activism
Revisioning Transpersonal Theory
Revisioning Transpersonal Theory
Psychosynthesis
Psychosynthesis
The Functions of Dreaming
The Functions of Dreaming
Radical Ecopsychology
Radical Ecopsychology
Beyond Friendship and Eros
Beyond Friendship and Eros
Stormy Lives
Stormy Lives
The Postconventional Personality
The Postconventional Personality



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg