Neuroscience, "Folk Psychology", and the Future of Criminal Responsibility

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dc.contributor.author Brookbanks, Warren en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-04T19:39:05Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Law Review 2008(Part 4):623-637 2008 en
dc.identifier.issn 1173-5864 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12678 en
dc.description.abstract This article examines claims that cognitive neuroscience challenges the theoretical andpractical efficacy ofthe notions offree will and criminal responsibility and threatens to dominate the entire legal system. The notion of'folk psychology" - popular explanations of behaviour ofwhich criminal responsibility and its analogues may be a manifestation - is considered in light ofthe challenges posed by eliminative materialism anddeterministic neuroscience. The question that is posed is whether the concept ofcriminal responsibility will be able to withstand the imperious advances of modern science inherent in cognitive neuroscience and other reductionist accounts ofhuman behaviour. The article concludes that, while neuroscience technology may impact the way in which certain evidence is led in criminal trials, it is unlikely (at leastfor the foreseeable future) that neuroscience will undermine the libertarian concept offree will on which the retributivist system of criminal law depends. en
dc.publisher Legal Research Foundation en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Law Review en
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dc.title Neuroscience, "Folk Psychology", and the Future of Criminal Responsibility en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue Part 4 en
pubs.begin-page 623 en
pubs.volume 2008 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Legal Research Foundation en
pubs.author-url http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=20093630;res=AGISPT en
pubs.end-page 637 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 277437 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-01-23 en


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