The non-problem of free will in forensic psychiatry and psychology
Version of Record online: 28 MAR 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Free Will
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 203–220, March/April 2007
How to Cite
Morse, S. J. (2007), The non-problem of free will in forensic psychiatry and psychology. Behav. Sci. Law, 25: 203–220. doi: 10.1002/bsl.744
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This article demonstrates that there is no free will problem in forensic psychiatry by showing that free will or its lack is not a criterion for any legal doctrine and it is not an underlying general foundation for legal responsibility doctrines and practices. There is a genuine metaphysical free will problem, but the article explains why it is not relevant to forensic practice. Forensic practitioners are urged to avoid all usage of free will in their forensic thinking and work product because it is irrelevant and spawns confusion. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.