Mandatory Morally Enhancing Treatment of Minors with Psychopathy

Kristian Kragh & Zap Emil Mønsted

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this paper we discuss the ethical implications of systematic identification and mandatory morally enhancing treatment of minors with psychopathy. We outline a scope of the group of minors as well as provide a clarification of what is meant by morally enhancing treatment. We then address two common arguments against state intervention, first the objection against surveillance and secondly the objection that the diagnosing of mental illness of children is in itself problematic. The paper goes on to discuss challenges to mandatory pre-crime state interventions based on the uncertainty of neuropredictions, the diminishing of individual worth, ‘the right to be presumed harmless’, and the potential infringement of parental autonomy. In the end we conclude that mandatory treatment of minors with conduct disorder and limited prosocial emotions is morally permissible.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2016
VejledereThomas Søbirk Petersen


  • Conduct Disorder
  • Moral Enhancement
  • Limited Prosocial Emotions
  • Coercive Paternalism
  • State Intervention
  • Autonomy
  • Psychopathy
  • Mandatory Treatment