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Free will and responsibility By John S. Callender (Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK)

Free will and responsibility
by John S. Callender (Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK)

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This book explores the evolution of morality and the roles of reason and emotion in the making of moral judgments. It describes scientific research on volitional behaviour, moral decision-making, and criminality, discussing what this might mean for our practices of blame and punishment, and applying this knowledge to clinical conditions.
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Free will and responsibility: A guide for practitioners by John S. Callender (Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK)

'We know our will is free and there's an end on't'. Dr. Johnson's words express a widely held intuition about free will, namely that our actions are the effects of our choices and decisions, and these choices and decisions are not the effects of antecedent causes. At least for some of our actions, the causal chain begins with conscious deliberation about what to do. It is this intuition that informs our attitudes to wrongdoing and justifies the belief that wrongdoers should be punished because this is what they deserve. However, we also know that we live in a world in which events have causes. Research in psychology, psychiatry and the neurosciences aims to investigate the causes of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and new techniques, such as neuroimaging, as well as developments in molecular genetics, are demonstrating the many ways in which dysfunction of the brain can lead to the kinds of behaviours that have hitherto been regarded as moral or immoral. So how can our intuitive sense of freedom be reconciled with causal determinism? How can moral judgment and punishment be compatible with the belief that the events that are human actions are, like any other event, the effects of prior causes? In Free Will and Responsibility, John Callender starts by describing the evolution of morality and the roles of reason and emotion in the making of moral judgments. He then summarises recent neuroscientific research on volitional behaviour, moral decision-making, and criminality, and discusses what this might mean for our practices of blame and punishment. In the second part, he examines the overlaps between art, free will, and moral value and argues that this offers a paradigm that reconciles our subjective sense of freedom with causal determinism. Finally, he examines these ideas in the clinical context of conditions such as psychopathic personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and the dissociative disorders and discusses their implications for psychotherapy. This book makes a unique contribution to the philosophy and psychiatry literature, and will be fascinating reading for both practising psychiatrists, as well as philosophers, neuroscientists, and psychologists.

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Free will and responsibility Reviews


This is a fascinating, well-written book. The author explains difficult concepts such as free will, moral responsibility, and causal determinism clearly and thoroughly. The ideas he proposes are thought provoking and important. * Doody's Reviews *
This is an absorbing book, well written and lucid. Its clarity is borne of the authors keen sense of the issues and a prodigious knowledge of the philosophical literature concerning morality...John Callender has produced a rich and useful torch in the often dark and confusing world of moral responsibility within mental health. * Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology *
This book is a real treat. John Callender offers an engaging and rigorous account of how science and morality meet, addressing important issues which should be thought about and discussed well beyond academic circles. * The British Journal of Psychiatry *
"...this is an interesting and well-researched book. We believe that many sections of the text might be useful for undergraduate or graduate forensic classes in psychology, law and psychology, criminal justice, or criminal policy. They may also be of interest to other professionals involved with the legal system such as lawyers, judges, policy makers, and social workers. Forensic psychologists might refer attorneys to various sections of the book. The second half of the book might be particularly suitable for persons interested in or working in mental health and forensic fields." - PsycCRITIQUES, American Psychological Association
..a most illuminating treatise on the complex topic of free will and (moral) responsibility. - Professor Herschel Prins, Medicine, Science and the Law

About John S. Callender (Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK)


John Callender has been a consultant psychiatrist since 1986 and Medical Director of Grampian Psychiatric services since 1991. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Medical School, University of Aberdeen. He has been interested in the philosophy of psychiatry for the past twelve years. He is a member of the Grampian Clinical Ethics Committee and the North of Scotland Research Ethics Committee. He has published papers on ethics and aesthetics in relation to psychiatry in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, and Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology.

Table of Contents


THINKING ABOUT MORALITY; THINKING ABOUT FREE WILL; CLINICAL APPLICATIONS; CONCLUSIONS

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Free will and responsibility: A guide for practitioners by John S. Callender (Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK)
John S. Callender (Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK)
International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry
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Oxford University Press
2010-05-04
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0199545553
9780199545551
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