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Thomas Nadelhoffer
Charleston, SC
I live and teach philosophy in Charleston, SC.
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For today's post, I want you to discuss what you think about Hare's book now that we have made it to the end. Focus on whichever aspects you found to be the most interesting. Per usual, this discussion thread will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today's post, I want you to discuss the two things you found most interesting about Chapters 11 and 12. Per usual, this discussion thread will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today's post, I want you to discuss the two things you found the most interesting in Chapters 9 and 10 of Hare's book. Per usual, this thread will close for comments in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, I want you to discuss (a) any of the issues from Hare's Chapter 8 that you find noteworthy, (b) the three videos we watched today in class (here, here, and here), or (c) both. Per usual, this post will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, I want to hear your thoughts about Chapter 7 of Hare's book. In particular, what do you think about white collar psychopaths, on the other hand, and what Hare calls "subcriminal" (or succesfull) psychopaths, on the other hand? What, if anything, could society do to better shield themselves... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, I want you to discuss your thoughts about Chapter 5 and 6. Having read these two chapters, what are your thoughts about psychopaths when it comes to the insanity defense? Per usual, this thread will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, I want you to discuss your thoughts about Hare's diagnostic tool--the PCL-R. What are the various elements of psychopathy? Having read these two chapters, what are your thoughts about psychopaths when it comes to the insanity defense? Per usual, this thread will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today's post, I want you to write about Chapter 1 and/or Chapter 2 from Hare's Without Conscience. Pick the two issues from these chapters that you found the most interesting and discuss. Per usual, this post will remain open for 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, we are discussing two famous cases: Eric Michael Clark and Andrea Yates. I would like you to pick one and say a few words about what you thought about the case--their history, their diagnoses, their trials, their verdicts, etc. Per usual, this post will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, we are discussing two famous cases: Eric Smith and Andrew Goldstein. I would like you to pick one and say a few words about what you thought about the case--their history, their diagnoses, their trials, their verdicts, etc. Per usual, this post will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, we are discussing two famous cases: Arthur Shawcross and Scott Panetti. I would like you to pick one and say a few words about what you thought about the case--their history, their diagnoses, their trials, their verdicts, etc. Per usual, this post will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, we are discussing two famous cases: David Berkowitz and John Wayne Gacy, Jr. I would like you to pick one and say a few words about what you thought about the case--their history, their diagnoses, their trials, their verdicts, etc. Per usual, this post will close in 48... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, we are discussing two famous cases: Jacob Rubenstein and Robert Torsney. I would like you to pick one and say a few words about what you thought about the case--their history, their diagnoses, their trials, their verdicts, etc. Per usual, this post will close in 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
Today in class we talked about whether guilt, responsibility, insanity, free will, rationality and control come in degrees. For today's post, I want you to elaborate on your own position. You can focus on all of these elements or just a few of them. Per usual, this post will remain... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today's post, I want you to discuss the following: In Chapter 4, Meynen discusses two (related) ways of thinking about insanity--through the lenses of free will and irrationality. He also expresses some shortcomings of each lens. Free will and irrationality are obviously related. Do you think mental disorders can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
Here is the topic for today's post: What do you think free will requires? When (if ever) do you think mental disorders can impair free will and why? Per usual, this post will remain open for 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today's post, I want you to discuss the following: Select one of the objections to the insanity defense. Then, discuss the responses. Finally, state whether you find the objection or the response more compelling (and why). Per usual, this will be open for 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, I want you to discuss the following: What are the elements of the ALI's Model Penal Code definition of legal insanity? Do you think it represents an improvement over the M'Naghten Rule? What is the main weakness of the MPC definition in your opinion? Per usual, this will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, I would like you to discuss the following: What is the The M’Naghten Rule? Do you think this is a good standard for legal insanity? Per usual, this will be open for 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today, I only need you to respond to the following question--which is fundamental when it comes to whether we should have the insanity defense and if so, when defendants should qualify: Should mental illnesses excuse? If so, when and why? If not, why not? Per usual, this post will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
For today's post, you can rely on the notes I posted on OAKS. You can also find plenty of information on the internet about the distinctions below. For today, I would like you to answer to the following three questions: What is a justification? Provide at least one example. What... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
This is the first blog post of the semester. As I explained, you can use the blog for the purposes of attendance if you can't make the Zoom session. I will close this post after 48 hours. If you want credit for attending you will need to add your comment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at PPLW 400: Legal Insanity
Needless to say, it’s been a shamefully long time since I posted something new here. In the wake of my second neck surgery a few years ago and my more recent shoulder/bicep surgery, I haven’t had the drive to stay on top of the latest happenings in the grappling world.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at The Grumpy Grappler
Greetings! My name is Thomas Nadelhoffer. I am a professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston. I have been a fan of heavy metal since my teenage years during the 1980s. Back then, I was a die hard fan of punk and thrash metal--a love that hasn't dissipated. So,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at The Compendium of Thrash
Cream: Disraeli Gears (1967) The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced (1967) Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum (1968) Deep Purple: Shades of Deep Purple (1968) Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968) Steppenwolf: Self-titled debut (1968) Coven: Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (1969) Jethro Tull: Stand Up (1969) Led Zeppelin: Self-titled debut (1969)... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at The Compendium of Thrash