Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil / Edition 1

Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil / Edition 1

by Tom Mason
     
 

ISBN-10: 1588294498

ISBN-13: 9781588294494

Pub. Date: 12/15/2005

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

An international panel of experts from diverse specialties examine the idea of "evil" in a medical context, specifically a mental health setting, to consider how the concept can be usefully interpreted, and to elucidate its relationship to forensic psychiatry. The authors challenge the belief that the concept of "evil" plays no role in "scientific" psychiatry and

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An international panel of experts from diverse specialties examine the idea of "evil" in a medical context, specifically a mental health setting, to consider how the concept can be usefully interpreted, and to elucidate its relationship to forensic psychiatry. The authors challenge the belief that the concept of "evil" plays no role in "scientific" psychiatry and is not helpful to our understanding of aberrant human thinking and behavior. Among the viewpoints up for debate are a consideration of organizations as evil structures, the "medicalization" of evil, destruction as a constructive choice, violence as a secular evil, talking about evil when it is not supposed to exist, and the influence of evil on forensic clinical practice. Among the highlights are a psychological exploration of the notion of "evil" and a variety of interesting research methods used to explore the nature of "evil."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588294494
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
12/15/2005
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Organizations as evil structures15
Ch. 3The psychopharmaceutical complex31
Ch. 4Intention, excuse, and insanity67
Ch. 5An archaeology of the psychopath : the medicalization of evil89
Ch. 6The comforts of evil : dangerous personalities in high-security hospitals and the horror film109
Ch. 7Madness, badness, and evil135
Ch. 8Destruction as a constructive choice153
Ch. 9Violence as secular evil : forensic evaluation and treatment of violent offenders from the viewpoint of existential depth psychology179
Ch. 10Scapegoat, spectacle, and confessional : close encounters with sex offenders and other species of dangerous individuals207
Ch. 11The vilification of victimized children in historical perspective231
Ch. 12Evil : a clinical perspective249
Ch. 13Capacities and dispositions : what psychiatry and psychology have to say about evil259
Ch. 14Should radical evil be forgiven?273
Ch. 15Mad, bad, and evil : psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and evil295
Ch. 16Talking about evil, even when it is not supposed to exist313
Ch. 17The influence of evil on forensic clinical practice327
Ch. 18Hope in the face of evil355

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