‘Can anyone truly be held responsible for their actions in a court of law?’Watch
So when a child born into poverty, who is abused as a child, and who is mentally scarred because of this, gets into a fight with someone, is equally responsible for his own actions as a posh brat who gets into the same situation?
However, this is reflected in sentencing and the facts of the case at hand.
I'm doing a project for philosophy and I need opposing views on this topic. These are the topics I am planning to cover ·do we have Moral responsibility·Mental illnesses- ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’ (NGRI).·Do we have free will?·Determinism ·Upbringing- Nature vs Nurture·Temporary insanity·Children being held criminally responsible- age difference, when are they truly aware I would really appreciate peoples views and opinions.. thanks
Free will is a very very large area to cover. I don't know what level you're writing at but it could take thousands of words to grasp that alone. Sam Harris, though I don't agree with him, writes a fairly accessible critique of the concept of free will in his book of the same title. Though even if you follow his argument, there are still grounds to prosecute to prevent the crime happening again.
Moral responsibility is also interesting but could grow arms and legs if you end up looking into virtue ethics for example, though that would provide a case for it.
Nature vs nurture also offers an interesting debate. Would the same 'person' with a different upbringing act differently?
Not always true. I've met someone whose pretty much admitted he knew what he was doing to me; but it was still my fault and he can't help it. I was then told to accept that he harasses people, which is ok, apparently.