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Clean HandsPhilosophical Lessons from Scrupulosity$
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Jesse S. Summers and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190058692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190058692.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Moral Psychiatry

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(p.1) Introduction
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(p.iii) Clean Hands?
Author(s):

Jesse S. Summers

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190058692.003.0001

Morality is central to our lives and regulates our behavior even absent external punishment or reward. Because morality is complicated, it is best studied from multiple perspectives and disciplines. We here propose studying morality from the perspective of psychiatry. Moral psychiatry, as we call this new subfield, focuses on mental illnesses whose content is closely related to morality, using psychiatric conditions to illuminate morality. This ultimately sheds light on ordinary moral functioning without unrealistically idealizing our psychology. Scrupulosity is an example of how psychiatric conditions can illuminate morality and test philosophical theories in various ways.

Keywords:   Scrupulosity, moral psychiatry, philosophy of psychiatry, mental illness, morality

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