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Treatment for Crime: Philosophical Essays on Neurointerventions in Criminal Justice

David Birks and Thomas Douglas


Crime-preventing neurointerventions (CPNs) are increasingly being used or advocated for crime prevention. There is increasing use of testosterone-lowering agents to prevent recidivism in sexual offenders, and strong political and scientific interest in developing pharmaceutical treatments for psychopathy and anti-social behaviour. Recent developments suggest that we may ultimately have at our disposal a range of drugs capable of suppressing violent aggression, and it is not difficult to imagine possible applications of such drugs in crime prevention. But should neurointerventions be used in cr ... More

Keywords: neurointervention, punishment, rehabilitation, neuroethics, enhancement

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758617
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198758617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Birks, editor
Departmental Lecturer in Political Theory/Early Career Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Thomas Douglas, editor
Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

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Thomas Douglas and David Birks

Part I Setting the Scene

1 Biological Interventions for Crime Prevention

Christopher Chew, Thomas Douglas, and Nadira S. Faber

Part II Defending CPNs and Diffusing Objections

13 Neurointerventions, Morality, and Children

Matthew Clayton and Andres Moles

Part III Against CPNs

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