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Jane Kisbey

Philosophy, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Are people with psychopathy morally responsible for the harm they cause: A philosophical account of psychopathy and moral responsibility

My research develops a novel philisophical account of psychopathy and uses it to shed new light on whether people diagnosed with psychopahty are morally responsible for their actions. My project argues for the hypothesis that we can best understand psychopaths in terms of an inability to care both about their future selves and other people. I defend the idea that there is an important connection between future self-interest and moral responsibility, and since psychopaths lack the ability for future self-interest, their moral responsibility is diminished. 

Research Area

  • Philosophy


Nottingham Trent University, Ethics of the Person, 'Are Psychopaths Morally Responsible', November 2018.