Autism and Sociopath1

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Autism and Sociopathy ONE LINE The sociopaths and those with autism are the same on their understanding of morality, the difference is in their motivation. Why do they differ in their motivation? Perhaps: they have internalized various Kantian rules. ANOTHER LINE Sociopaths and those with autism are the same on their empathetic responses, but they differ in their understanding of morality, because the former lack, and the latter have, an understanding of the difference between conventional and non-conventional obligation. (Blair, Nichols?) Further thesis: Perhaps one couldn’t make this distinction if one weren’t moved by the pull of the moral. On such a thesis, the understanding and the motivation would be tied up together (would there still be some kind of conceptual priority?). There is some empirical reason to suppose that the sociopaths lack of understanding stems from
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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 isn’t self-control the ability to restrain one’s emotional responses in the light of one’s judgments about what is best. So doesn’t 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 sociopath’s failing as, at bottom, emotionally based....
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