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Nature of Emotions 12 7 09

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Nature of Emotions 12 7 09 Moral Rationalism and Psychopathy Two perspectives o Hume vs. Kant o Kant: “Stealing could not be universal. An action that canny be universal is wrong. John is stealing, John is wrong.” o Hume: anger/disgust Today: Does psychopathy show that moral rationalism is wrong? Psychopathy o Aka sociopathy o “antisocial personality disorder” DSM IV o Pinel: 0.2-2% of population are psychopaths Not all psychopaths are criminals, most go their whole lives without committing a crime 15-25% of criminals in jail have some degree of psychopathic traits No known therapy to “cure” psychopathy Milieu therapy: group therapy for treating personality disorders Hare’s 1985 Psychopathy checklist o Diagnostic tool to rate a person’s psychopathic or antisocial tendencies Superficial charm Grandiose estimation of self Pathologic lying Cunning and manipulativeness Lack of empathy Impulsivity o
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