Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil / Edition 1

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Overview

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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588294494
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Organizations as evil structures 15
Ch. 3 The psychopharmaceutical complex 31
Ch. 4 Intention, excuse, and insanity 67
Ch. 5 An archaeology of the psychopath : the medicalization of evil 89
Ch. 6 The comforts of evil : dangerous personalities in high-security hospitals and the horror film 109
Ch. 7 Madness, badness, and evil 135
Ch. 8 Destruction as a constructive choice 153
Ch. 9 Violence as secular evil : forensic evaluation and treatment of violent offenders from the viewpoint of existential depth psychology 179
Ch. 10 Scapegoat, spectacle, and confessional : close encounters with sex offenders and other species of dangerous individuals 207
Ch. 11 The vilification of victimized children in historical perspective 231
Ch. 12 Evil : a clinical perspective 249
Ch. 13 Capacities and dispositions : what psychiatry and psychology have to say about evil 259
Ch. 14 Should radical evil be forgiven? 273
Ch. 15 Mad, bad, and evil : psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and evil 295
Ch. 16 Talking about evil, even when it is not supposed to exist 313
Ch. 17 The influence of evil on forensic clinical practice 327
Ch. 18 Hope in the face of evil 355
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