Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence

Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence

by Lawrie Reznek
     
 

Lawrie Reznek addresses these questions and more in his controversial investigation of the insanity defense in Evil or Ill? Drawing from countless intriguing case examples, he aims to understand the concept of an excuse, and explains why the law excuses certain actions and not others. In his easily accessible and elegant style, he explains that in law, there

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Lawrie Reznek addresses these questions and more in his controversial investigation of the insanity defense in Evil or Ill? Drawing from countless intriguing case examples, he aims to understand the concept of an excuse, and explains why the law excuses certain actions and not others. In his easily accessible and elegant style, he explains that in law, there exists two excuses derived from Aristotle: the excuses of ignorance and compulsion. Reznek, however proposes a third excuse - the excuse of character change. In introducing this third excuse, Reznek raises a controversial possibility - the abolition of the insanity defence.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415167000
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/06/1997
Series:
Philosophical Issues in Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

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