Genetics and Criminal Responsibility

Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Forthcoming

U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 11-34

4 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2011

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Stephen Morse

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Date Written: July 19, 2011


Some believe that genetics threatens privacy and autonomy and will eviscerate the concept of human nature. Despite the astonishing research advances, however, none of these dire predictions and no radical transformation of the law have occurred.

Keywords: Criminal law and responsibility, psychology, genetic research, the brain and behavior, human nature, mens rea, causation, excuse, genes, compatibilism and determinism, mental states

Suggested Citation

Morse, Stephen J., Genetics and Criminal Responsibility (July 19, 2011). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Forthcoming; U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 11-34. Available at SSRN:

Stephen J. Morse (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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