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Unformatted text preview: their lack of emotional response to the distress of others. FURTHER CONSIDERATION, THAT SEEMS IN TENSION WITH THIS Sociopaths seem to lack self-control in general. So maybe their moral attitudes are just a manifestation of this. But isnt self-control the ability to restrain ones emotional responses in the light of ones judgments about what is best. So doesnt this suggest that the failure is rational and not emotional? SOME FURTHER (HIGHLY) TENTATIVE HYPOTHESES THAT MIGHT HELP If acquired sociopathy is the same as congenital sociopathy; and if Damasio is right that acquired sociopathy results from a particular lack of emotional input (i.e. into frontal processing) then maybe we can see the sociopaths failing as, at bottom, emotionally based....
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- Fall '09