Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation explores the relationship between morality and mental illness. Mental illness is often thought to impair moral functioning but careful examination reveals that mental illness offers its own insight into moral functioning. While we learn a great deal about moral responsibility and exempting conditions (psychopathy and addiction), we also discover that there a multiple ways to be moral and that many individuals act morally despite ongoing conditions (high-functioning autism spectrum disorder and recovered borderline personality disorder). I conclude that these insights ought to shape our ethical theories.
Chair and Committee
Anne Margaret Baxley, Ron Mallon, Julia Driver, Paul Glaser,
Rapier, Katie, "Moral Pathology" (2019). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1826.