Philosophical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’ -Held on January 20th 2015

Philosophical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’

Tuesday January 20th : 2015 Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

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The diagnosis of ‘antisocial personality disorder’ has a long and controversial history in various guises such as moral insanity, feeblemindedness and psychopathy. One of the important continuities between these has been the association with crime and other ‘antisocial’ behaviour. This workshop addressed the some of the challenging philosophical questions that have been raised:

• What implications does the identification of such disorders have for notions of individual responsibility and criminal culpability?

  • Does the identification of such disorders absolve the individual of guilt, or imply a more indelible sense of ‘dangerousness’?

• Are such disorders understood as residing within individuals as a disease like lesion, or a state of being?
• Are they better understood as consistent aspects of the personality or identity, or as temporary states?
• Are such disorders better understood as not residing within individuals at all, but as disorders of social relationships?

Philosophical Perspectives Workshop Presentations

Edward Harcourt (University of Oxford, UK)'Character and Illness: A philosophical Perspective.'
Katariina Parhi (University of Oulu, Finland)Guises under ScrutinyDownload a pdf of powerpoint slides.
Anja Berninger (University of Stuttgart Stuttgart)'Psychopathy and the Space of Possibilities.'
Gwen Adshead, (Visiting Gresham Professor of Psychiatry at Gresham College, Jochelson visiting professor at Yale School of Law and Psychiatry, and consultant forensic psychiatrist at Ravenswood House)Can we understand the antisocial mind?Download a pdf of powerpoint slides
Anneli Jefferson (Kings College, London) Is Psychopathy a disorder?Download pdf of powerpoint slides
Marion Godman (University of CambridgePsychopathy and how neuroscience bears on whether to punish or excuse
Chris Millard (Queen Mary, University of London)'Munchhausen Syndrome' and 'Psychopathy- antisociality. Download paper
Anja Berninger'Psychopathy' and the space of possibilities.ASPD_Presentation Anja Berninger