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Forensic Psychiatric Testimony: Ethical Issues

  • John Douard
  • Pamela D. Schultz
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Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 53)

Abstract

In order to live well together, we must have reasonable expectations about the conduct of others. Those expectations are grounded on proprieties of practice, adherence to which requires us to have moral and emotional capacities that enable responsiveness to others’ rights and needs. Capacities such as empathy, a sense of justice, care and concern, prudence, an interest in making and keeping promises, and, more generally, dispositions that connect us to others can prevent social anomie. Even the visceral capacity to feel disgust at scenes of brutality and suffering is essential to our sense of community. People who lack these capacities frighten us, and for good reasons: they are unpredictable, strange, threatening (Miller 1998). People who are labeled psychopathic, as described in the last chapter, generally present us with a difficult choice: to exclude them from our community or to render their threatening character harmless.

Keywords

Antisocial Personality Disorder Expert Testimony Moral Panic Moral Luck Forensic Psychiatry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Douard
    • 1
  • Pamela D. Schultz
    • 2
  1. 1.New BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.AlfredUSA

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