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On the Nature of Psychopathy


Daniel D. Moseley


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Gary J. Gala


Clinical Assistant Professor

October 4, 2012

The Neurobiology of Social Disruption: International Perspectives of Psychiatry, Pathology and Society, Fabrice Jotterand and James Giodorno, eds., Potomic Institute Press, 2013

Abstract:     
The primary goal of this essay is to clarify the concept of psychopathy and distinguish it from other, related, concepts. We contend that the paradigmatic trait of psychopathy is a propensity to violence that is accompanied by a lack of conscience. We also argue that conceptual clarity on this point is important for devising empirical criteria for identifying psychopaths. We also argue that a full theory of psychopathy will require one to utilize theories and assumptions that pertain to central issues in meta-ethics.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: psychopath, sociopath, conscience, mental illness, RD Hare, DSM

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Date posted: October 5, 2012  

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Moseley, Daniel D. and Gala, Gary J., On the Nature of Psychopathy (October 4, 2012). The Neurobiology of Social Disruption: International Perspectives of Psychiatry, Pathology and Society, Fabrice Jotterand and James Giodorno, eds., Potomic Institute Press, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2156878

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Daniel D. Moseley (Contact Author)
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States
Gary J. Gala
Clinical Assistant Professor ( email )
Chapel Hill, NC
United States
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