Psychopathy Without (the Language of) Disorder
First Online: 22 May 2008 Received: 19 April 2008 Accepted: 23 April 2008 DOI:
10.1007/s12152-008-9017-5 Cite this article as: Reimer, M. Neuroethics (2008) 1: 185. doi:10.1007/s12152-008-9017-5 Abstract
Psychopathy is often characterized in terms of what I call “the language of disorder.” I question whether such language is necessary for an accurate and precise characterization of psychopathy, and I consider the practical implications of how we characterize psychopathy—whether as a biological, or merely normative, disorder.
Keywords Psychopathy Language of disorder Treatment Responsibility
I owe thanks to several people, especially Neil Levy, for helpful comments on previous drafts of this paper. I would also like to thank: Grant Harris, Shaun Nichols, Chris Maloney, and Richard J. Reimer.
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