The rules of insanity: Commentary on: Psychopathic disorder: A category mistake?

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Abstract

This paper addresses Colin Holmes's suggestion that the psychopathic disorder is best regarded not as a psychiatric concept, but as an ethical one. The paper argues that the concept of psychopathy, like many other concepts, can span both psychiatry and ethics, and that it is not clear what removing it from the realm of psychiatry would entail. Also, the question of whether the concept of psychopathy is useful for psychiatrists must be separated from the question of whether psychopaths should be exonerated from the moral and legal responsibility for their actions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-90
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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