Criminal Law, Neuroscience and Voluntary Acts
Journal of Law and The Biosciences, Forthcoming
4 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 25, 2016
The intersection between law and neuroscience is fertile ground for a variety of issues that implicate both scientific and philosophical questions. In the context of the criminal law, the most fertile ground for inquiry is the interplay between states of mind and judgments of culpability. In their interesting and provocative article, ‘What does neuroscience tell us about criminal responsibility?’, Uri Maoz and Gideon Yaffe consider the degree to which neuroscientific research bears on the question of criminal responsibility. Their article is a thorough and informative account of just how neuroscience can contribute to a better understanding of responsibility for action.
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