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The Rules of Insanity: Moral Responsibility and the Mentally Ill
     

The Rules of Insanity: Moral Responsibility and the Mentally Ill

by Carl Elliott
 

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Addresses the question: Can we apply ordinary standards of responsibility to the mentally disordered offender?

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Addresses the question: Can we apply ordinary standards of responsibility to the mentally disordered offender?

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A particularly lucid look at the philosophical and psychiatrical framework for judging moral responsibility with mentally ill offenders. Elliott (McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law) sets the standard for his discussion by detailing the insanity plea within its legal context, and attending to the deeper philosophical underpinnings of both. His specific examinations of schizophrenia, manic-depressive disorders, psychosexual disorders, and personality and impulse control disorders are informed by this broad foundation and exemplified by case histories, underlining the difficulties of legal judgments especially in the situations of psychopaths and sociopaths. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“To take up the thematic of class agency and proletariat in Marxist theory, to subject it to a variety of sympathetic and not-so-sympathetic readings, and then try to make sense of its status in the present theoretical and historical context is a mammoth task to undertake. The author has done so with a great sense of balance and intellectual brilliance. In certain respects it is a tour de force.” — Carl Boggs, National University and UCLA

“Recent Marxian Theory is very learned; it surveys an impressive range of recent work in Marxist theory and does so with considerable penetration, care, and insight. The usefulness of the work does not lie only in the interesting and instructive readings of a very large literature. Sitton uses his reading to construct a political theory of his own that deserves being taken very seriously.” — Richard Schmitt, Brown University“Sitton’s book covers an astonishing range of topics in recent Marxian theory. To my knowledge, he is the first person to show in detail how the perspectives of analytical Marxism, Offe and Habermas, and world systems theory are complementary attempts to deal with the same set of issues. This is a major contribution. Furthermore, the book is as well written as any work in social theory I can recall. It should be of great interest to anyone who wants an overview of much of the intellectual terrain of recent Marxism.” — Tony Smith, Iowa State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791429518
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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John F. Sitton is Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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