Mental Illness: Law and Public Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789400989740
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Philosophy and Medicine Series, #5
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1980
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I / The Concept of Mental Illness and the Law.- The Concept of Mental Illness: A Philosophical Examination.- Legal Conceptions of Mental Illness.- Section II / Criminal and Civil Liability of the Mentally Ill.- Minds on Trial.- Mental Abnormality, Personal Responsibility, and Tort Liability.- Section III / Involuntary Civil Commitment of the Mentally Ill.- Paternalistic Grounds for Involuntary Civil Commitment: A Utilitarian Perspective.- Involuntary Civil Commitment: The Moral Issues.- Section IV / Thomas Szasz’s Proposals: A Reconstruction and Defense.- Critical Use of Utilitarian Arguments: Szasz on Paternalism.- Section V / Critical Commentaries.- Function of Mental Health Codes in Relation to the Criminal Justice System.- The Diminished Moral Status of the Mentally Ill.- A Concern for Hardening of the Categories.- Involuntary Civil Commitment: Concerning the Grounds of Ethics.- Notes on Contributors.- Index 251.

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