Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence

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Florence, Kentucky, U.S.A. 1997 Hardcover New 0415166993. FLAWLESS COPY, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED--329 pages; clean and crisp, tight and bright pages, with no writing or markings ... to the text. --TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface * Introduction: The Diagnosis of Evil 1 * 1 A History of Criminal Responsibility 15 * 2 A Taxonomy of Defences 38 * 3 Ignorance as an Excuse 61 * 4 Compulsion as an Excuse 75 * 5 Automatism as an Excuse 93 * 6 The Justification of Excuses 115 * 7 Causality as an Excuse 135 * 8 The Reductionist Theory 152 * 9 Irrationality as an Excuse 173 * 10 The Concept of Disease 200 * 11 Character Change as an Excuse 223 * 12 The Clash of Paradigms 246 * 13 The Insanity Defence in Practice 266 Conclusion: Psychiatric Justice 295 * Bibliography 311 * Index 322. --DESCRIPTION: 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 Read more Show Less

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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.

26, No. 3, 1998)

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Investigates the insanity defense through case examples and offers a fresh interpretation of our moral and legal systems. Explores the justification for the insanity defense and attempts to draw a distinction between those who are evil and deserve punishment and those who are mentally ill and deserve treatment, examining the tension between the medical view that evil behavior is caused by disease and the legal view that it is a product of our choices. For those interested in the legal system and the psychology of criminals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Diagnosis of Evil 1
1 A History of Criminal Responsibility 15
2 A Taxonomy of Defences 38
3 Ignorance as an Excuse 61
4 Compulsion as an Excuse 75
5 Automatism as an Excuse 93
6 The Justification of Excuses 115
7 Causality as an Excuse 135
8 The Reductionist Theory 152
9 Irrationality as an Excuse 173
10 The Concept of Disease 200
11 Character Change as an Excuse 223
12 The Clash of Paradigms 246
13 The Insanity Defence in Practice 266
Conclusion: Psychiatric Justice 295
Bibliography 311
Index 322
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