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Evil or Ill? Lawrie Reznek

Evil or Ill? By Lawrie Reznek

Evil or Ill? by Lawrie Reznek


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Was the serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer an evil man responsible for his murders? Or was he an innocent victim of psychiatric illness? Lawrie Reznek addresses these questions and more in his controve rsial investigation of the insanity defence.

Evil or Ill? Summary

Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence by Lawrie Reznek

Lawrie Reznek addresses these questions and more in his controversial investigation of the insanity defense in Evil or Ill? Drawing from countless intriguing case examples, he aims to understand the concept of an excuse, and explains why the law excuses certain actions and not others. In his easily accessible and elegant style, he explains that in law, there exists two excuses derived from Aristotle: the excuses of ignorance and compulsion. Reznek, however proposes a third excuse - the excuse of character change. In introducing this third excuse, Reznek raises a controversial possibility - the abolition of the insanity defence.

Evil or Ill? Reviews

'Anyone wanting a comprehensive introduction to his difficult area need look no further.' - Times Higher Education Supplement

'Illuminating ... fascinating ... Reznek adopts what might be called a common-sense approach.' - Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Diagnosis of Evil 1. A History of Criminal Responsibility 2. A Taxonomy of Defences 3. Ignorance as an Excuse 4. Compulsion as an Excuse 5. Automatism as an Excuse 6. Justification of Excuses 7. Causality as an Excuse 8. The Reductionist Theory 9. The Irrationality Theory 10. The Nature of Disease 11. Character Change as an Excuse 12. The Clash of Paradigms 13. The Insanity Defence in Practice Conclusion. Psychiatric Justice References. Index.

Additional information

GOR002385052
9780415167000
0415167000
Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence by Lawrie Reznek
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
19971002
342
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