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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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“The General Duty to All the World”

(p.271) Chapter 18 DANGEROUSNESS
The Philosophy of Psychiatry
Jennifer Radden
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the moral and legal concept of dangerousness as it applies to mental disorder. It highlights the uneasy balance between ensuring safety for those endangered when their actions pose a threat (to self or others) and respecting individual rights. It argues that the fulcrum that would seek to balance these conflicting goals should be set at a point that is clearly advantageous to the rights of the individual over the collective.

Keywords:   case law, prediction, liability, mental disorder, individual, collective

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