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The Journal of Value Inquiry

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 187–191 | Cite as

Schramme, Thomas, ed. Being amoral (Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 2014). (Hardcover, $45.00 Short, £31.95, ISBN: 9780262027915, 344 pp. Ebook, $32.00 Short, ISBN: 9780262320375, 344 pp.)

  • Luca MalatestiEmail author
Book Review

Psychopathy, as measured by Robert Hare’s psychopathy checklist, is characterized as a personality disorder involving persistent traits such as pathological lying, manipulativeness, superficial charm, no or little concerns for the interests of others, a grandiose sense of self, and, usually, a long story of offences and encounters with justice.

The collection of articles, many of them written by leading figures in the debate, covers important issues concerning the moral competences and responsibility of psychopaths. In addition, differently from much of current philosophical literature on psychopathy, the editor Thomas Schramme is aware of the serious problem whether the construct of psychopathy is robust enough to warrant responsible philosophical speculations, let alone specific social responses. Despite the limited space at his disposal, in the introduction he illustrates a series of legitimate worries about the notion of psychopathy. In particular, he suggests the challenge, so far...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of RijekaRijekaCroatia

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