Criminal Law, Neuroscience and Voluntary Acts

Journal of Law and The Biosciences, Forthcoming

4 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2016  

Dennis Patterson

European University Institute; Rutgers University School of Law, Camden; Swansea University School of Law; European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW)

Date Written: October 25, 2016

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Patterson, Dennis, Criminal Law, Neuroscience and Voluntary Acts (October 25, 2016). Journal of Law and The Biosciences, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2858823

Dennis Patterson (Contact Author)

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