, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 185-198
Date: 22 May 2008

Psychopathy Without (the Language of) Disorder

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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.

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.