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Sandra Bucerius

W1 WDW 365H How different understandings of the mind get involved in criminal law and in cases. The doctrine of Intent: the way the law connects the most closely to the mind The insanity defense: the other way where the mind is essential The syndrome of the battered women Infanticide The cultural defense/ psychiatric defense of cultural defense Jury selection (the mind of jurors) Identify 4 different models of the mind (Fundamentally different way of thinking about the mind, more then one competing model and none of them have potential weakness and not easily reconcilable)  The traditional legal model o About intention. When ppl do the wrong thing they deserve to be punished. It a form of a voluntarism. Some ppl support voluntarism (human being making voluntary choice for which they are accountable o Appealing and easy to understand. Acceptable to a lot of ppl but it is alien to us and much harder to understand o  The psychological model o From a determinism perspective. When ppl commit crime they are not really responsible for them o Can be very complicated but we tend to think about the mind like a psychologist would. o When we think about the medieval world, they weren’t scientist, but the doctrine of intent was first articulated in England. When we move to the renaissance, ppl more interested in machines: the clock associated my the motions of the stars- in order to understand the motion of the hands you have to understand the inside of the clock  this notion gets after applied to the mind. Whatever we experience, their must be some inner working in the mind which make it possible/ understanding the mind is to understand the inside, want to know about the inner working that make it possible o But we are not machines. A machine has to have internal power, steering mechanics, and carriage capacity. Things can go wrong in a machine. At the beginning for the mind, they were interested in the thoughts. o The mind has three parts but cant think about it like a machine  reason (intellect), will (volition) and emotion (feelings). o The mind is always thinking and reasoning, not mean that the mind has inner working to make it possible, but referring to reasoning itself. In this doctrine the reasoning is what is considered, and understanding their reasons for doing
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