Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil / Edition 1

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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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617375774
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents


Tom Mason

Organizations As Evil Structures

Dave Holmes and Cary Federman

The Psychopharmaceutical Complex

Brian Kean

Intention, Excuse, and Insanity

Tamas Pataki

An Archaeology of the Psychopath: The Medicalization of Evil

Tom Mason

The Comforts of Evil: Dangerous Personalities in High-Security Hospitals and the Horror Film

Mick McKeown and Mark Stowell-Smith

Madness, Badness, and Evil

Deidre N. Greig

Destruction As a Constructive Choice

David A. Winter

Violence As Secular Evil: Forensic Evaluation and Treatment of Violent Offenders From the Viewpoint of Existential Depth Psychology

Stephen A. Diamond

Scapegoat, Spectacle, and Confessional: Close Encounters With Sex Offenders and Other Species of Dangerous Individuals

Dave Mercer and Joel Richman

The Vilification of Victimized Children in Historical Perspective

Victoria Van Slyke

Evil: A Clinical Perspective

J. David Kinzie

Capacities and Dispositions: What Psychiatry and Psychology Have to Say About Evil

Gwen Adshead

Should Radical Evil Be Forgiven?

Marguerite La Caze

Mad, Bad, and Evil: Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Evil

Michael Levine

Talking About Evil, Even When It Is Not Supposed to Exist

C. Fred Alford

The Influence of Evil on Forensic Clinical Practice

Tom Mason, Joel Richman, and Dave Mercer

Hope in the Face of Evil

Geri Miller and Ron Hood


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