LAW 7288

LAW 7288

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This seminar explores the law of insanity in depth. After a preliminary discussion about abolishing the defense altogether, we will study: insanity before M'Naghten, the rule set forth in M'Naghten, the irresistible impulse test, and the product test. We then look at two academic proposals: according to one, insanity is a form of profound irrationality; according to the other, insanity is a lost sense of agency. We end with a look at psychopathy.

When Offered Fall.

Comments This is not a seminar on various forms of mental illness or how such illness would be diagnosed under DSM-V. Nor is it a seminar on mental health and the criminal law more generally. It is a seminar on the legal tests for insanity, and what that test should be in as much as it functions to defeat ascriptions of responsibility for criminal actions.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 11809 LAW 7288   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person