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Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity

Thomas Schramme


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 ... More

Keywords: Psychopathy, Amorality, Moral Agency, Moral Responsibility, Moral Psychology, Moral Character, Lack of Moral Sense, Philosophical Psychopathology

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027915
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Schramme, editor
Hamburg University

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