Evil Or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Law - 329 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The legal and medical paradigms
7
A HISTORY OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY
15
A TAXONOMY OF DEFENCES
38
IGNORANCE AS AN EXCUSE
61
COMPULSION AS AN EXCUSE
75
AUTOMATISM AS AN EXCUSE
93
THE JUSTIFICATION OF EXCUSES
115
CAUSALITY AS AN EXCUSE
135
IRRATIONALITY AS AN EXCUSE
173
THE CONCEPT OF DISEASE
200
CHARACTER CHANGE AS AN EXCUSE
223
THE CLASH OF PARADIGMS
246
THE INSANITY DEFENCE IN PRACTICE
266
PSYCHIATRIC JUSTICE
295
Bibliography
311
Copyright

THE REDUCTIONIST THEORY
152

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