Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence

Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence

by Lawrie Reznek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415166993

ISBN-13: 9780415166997

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Was the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer an evil man responsible for his murders? Or was he an innocent victim of a psychiatric illness?

Evil or Ill? is an ideal companion to the American rage of TV talk shows, true crime shows and Court TV--where law

and crime meet with psychology. Lawrie Reznek explores the concept of an excuse and explains why our

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Overview

Was the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer an evil man responsible for his murders? Or was he an innocent victim of a psychiatric illness?

Evil or Ill? is an ideal companion to the American rage of TV talk shows, true crime shows and Court TV--where law

and crime meet with psychology. Lawrie Reznek explores the concept of an excuse and explains why our moral and legal systems contain the insanity defense. Reznek presents the intricate nature of the Jeffrey Dahmer insanity defense, and weaves examples of other mainstream court cases

within a philosophical and psychiatric context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415166997
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
Philosophical Issues in Science Series, #9
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Diagnosis of Evil1
1A History of Criminal Responsibility15
2A Taxonomy of Defences38
3Ignorance as an Excuse61
4Compulsion as an Excuse75
5Automatism as an Excuse93
6The Justification of Excuses115
7Causality as an Excuse135
8The Reductionist Theory152
9Irrationality as an Excuse173
10The Concept of Disease200
11Character Change as an Excuse223
12The Clash of Paradigms246
13The Insanity Defence in Practice266
Conclusion: Psychiatric Justice295
Bibliography311
Index322

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