JSI Seminar Series 2012: Dr Arlie Loughnan

3 May 2012

Madness at the Point of Intersection with Crime: Epistemology and Ontology

Understanding mental incapacity in criminal law is notoriously difficult; it involves tracing overlapping and interlocking legal doctrines, current and past practices of evidence and proof, and also medical and social understandings of mental illness and incapacity. With its focus on the complex interaction of legal doctrines and practices relating to mental incapacity and knowledge - both expert and non-expert - of it, the book on which this presentation is based offers a fresh perspective on this topic. Bringing together previously disparate discussions on mental incapacity from law, psychology, and philosophy, the book provides a close study of this terrain of criminal law, analysing the development of mental incapacity doctrines through historical cases to the modern era. It maps the shifting boundaries around abnormality as constructed in law, arguing that the mental incapacity terrain has a distinct character - 'manifest madness'.

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Location: Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free - registration essential

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