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Being AmoralPsychopathy and Moral Incapacity$
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Thomas Schramme

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027915

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027915.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Being Amoral
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Thomas Schramme

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027915.003.0001

This chapter introduces the main findings of the medical research on psychopathy as well as the most significant threads of the philosophical debates surrounding psychopathy. It also introduces the articles collected in this volume. The introduction focuses on issues in moral psychology and metaethics, such as moral motivation, moral responsibility, and moral understanding. It shows the difficulty in conceptualising psychopathy and in using psychopathy as a test case for philosophical theories.

Keywords:   amoralism, moral point of view, psychopathy, moral motivation, moral responsibility, Psychopathy Checklist, reactive attitudes, empathy

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