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PsychopathyAn Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications$
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Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777053

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777053.001.0001

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Ethical Issues

Ethical Issues

(p.160) 8 Ethical Issues

Andrea L. Glenn

Adrian Raine

NYU Press

This chapter examines whether brain impairment should be used in the determination of criminal responsibility. Most people feel comfortable with the idea that authority should not punish individuals with severe cognitive impairments. Opinions change, however, when arguments about brain deficits are applied to individuals who do not have obvious cognitive impairments. Psychopaths, for example, are aware of the differences between right and wrong. They act intentionally, with the understanding that there are rules and consequences for violating them. Overall, the chapter argues that the cognitive capacity for rationality is not all that is required for appropriate moral behavior.

Keywords:   criminal responsibility, brain impairment, brain deficits, Psychopaths, moral behavior

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