Philosophical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’

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’ arguably 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. Throughout this history challenging philosophical questions 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?

Papers from:
• Dr Edward Harcourt (Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy , Keble College, Oxford)
• Dr Gwen Adshead (Locum Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, formerly Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor High Security Hospital)

  • Katariina Parhi (University of Oulu, Finland): 
  • Anja Berninger (University of Stuttgart): 
  • Anneli Jefferson (Kings College London)
  • Marion Godman (University of Cambridge)
  • Chris Millard (Queen Mary London)


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The Friends Meeting House Friends House 173-177 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ Tel: 020 7663 110


The organising committee:

Dr David Jones (University of East London); Dr Chris Scanlon (University of East London, South London and Maudsely Foundation Hospital Trust); Professor David Gadd, (Manchester University)