Insanity Defenses

OXFORD HANDBOOK ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE CRIMINAL LAW, p. 299, John Deigh & David Dolinko, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011

38 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2011 Last revised: 9 Jan 2015

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Dartmouth College

Ken Levy

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

We explicate and evaluate arguments both for and against the insanity defense itself, different versions of the insanity defense (M'Naghten, Model Penal Code, and Durham (or Product)), the Irresistible Impulse rule, and various reform proposals.

Keywords: insanity defense, M'Naghten, Model Penal Code, Durham, Product test, Parsons rule, irresistible impulse, loss of control, wrongfulness, irrationality, mental disease, mental illness, deific decree delusion

Suggested Citation

Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter and Levy, Ken, Insanity Defenses (June 1, 2011). OXFORD HANDBOOK ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE CRIMINAL LAW, p. 299, John Deigh & David Dolinko, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1966313

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Dartmouth College ( email )

Hanover, NH 03755
United States

Ken Levy (Contact Author)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center ( email )

420 Law Center Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

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