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Psychopathy has been the subject of investigations in both philosophy and psychiatry and yet the conceptual issues remain largely unresolved. This volume approaches psychopathy by considering the question of what psychopaths lack. The contributors investigate specific moral dysfunctions or deficits, shedding light on the capacities people need to be moral by examining cases of real people who seem to lack those capacities. The volume proceeds from the basic assumption that psychopathy is not characterized by a single deficit--for example, the lack of empathy, as some philosophers have proposed -- but by a range of them. Thus contributors address specific deficits that include impairments in rationality, language, fellow-feeling, volition, evaluation, and sympathy. They also consider such issues in moral psychology as moral motivation, moral emotions, and moral character; and they examine social aspects of psychopathic behavior, including ascriptions of moral responsibility, justification of moral blame, and social and legal responses to people perceived to be dangerous. As this volume demonstrates, philosophers will be better equipped to determine what they mean by "the moral point of view" when they connect debates in moral philosophy to the psychiatric notion of psychopathy, which provides some guidance on what humans need in order be able to feel the normative pull of morality. And the empirical work done by psychiatrists and researchers in psychopathy can benefit from the conceptual clarifications offered by philosophy.ContributorsGwen Adshead, Piers Benn, John Deigh, Alan Felthous, Kerrin Jacobs, Heidi Maibom, Eric Matthews, Henning Sass, Thomas Schramme, Susie Scott, David Shoemaker, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Matthew Talbert

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1 Introduction
  2. Thomas Schramme
  3. pp. 1-40
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  1. 2 The Heterogeneous Construct of Psychopathy
  2. Henning Sass, Alan R. Felthous
  3. pp. 41-68
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  1. I Moral Capacities and Incapacities
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. 3 Psychopathy and Moral Rationality
  2. Eric Matthews
  3. pp. 71-90
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  1. 4 Without Fellow Feeling
  2. Heidi L. Maibom
  3. pp. 91-114
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  1. 5 The Words but Not the Music: Empathy, Language Deficits, and Psychopathy
  2. Gwen Adshead
  3. pp. 115-136
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  1. 6 Psychopathic Comportment and Moral Incapacity
  2. Kerrin A. Jacobs
  3. pp. 137-166
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  1. 7 Not Caring: Sociopaths and the Suffering of Others
  2. Piers Benn
  3. pp. 167-184
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  1. II Issues in Moral Psychology
  2. pp. 185-186
  1. 8 Do Psychopaths Refute Internalism?
  2. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
  3. pp. 187-208
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  1. 9 Psychopathic Resentment
  2. John Deigh
  3. pp. 209-226
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  1. 10 Being a (A-)Moral Person and Caring about Morality
  2. Thomas Schramme
  3. pp. 227-244
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  1. III Social Aspects: Blame, Transgression, and Dangerousness
  2. pp. 245-246
  1. 11 Psychopathy, Responsibility, and the Moral/Conventional Distinction
  2. David W. Shoemaker
  3. pp. 247-274
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  1. 12 The Significance of Psychopathic Wrongdoing
  2. Matthew Talbert
  3. pp. 275-300
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  1. 13 Contesting Dangerousness, Risk, and Treatability: A Sociological View of Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD)
  2. Susie Scott
  3. pp. 301-320
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  1. 14 Conclusion: The Many Faces of Psychopathy
  2. Thomas Schramme
  3. pp. 321-324
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 325-326
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Subject Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780262320382
Print ISBN
9780262027915
MARC Record
OCLC
889812938
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-16
Language
English
Open Access
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