Michelle Maiese, professor of philosophy, at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA will speak on "Are Psychopaths Autonomous Agents?"
Two central conditions for autonomous agency that are highlighted by many existing accounts include (1) reasons-responsivity, and (2) authenticity. However, available evidence indicates that psychopaths are inadequately responsive to reasons, and also seem to lack a set of enduring concerns that might reveal which desires and attitudes are truly theirs. This renders them impulsive and also leads them to disregard the interests and concerns of others. Drawing from the enactivist approach in philosophy of mind, I will argue that both their prudential deficits and apparent moral failings result from a disruption to autonomous agency, and that this disruption is rooted, at a deeper level, in a lack of well-developed affective framing patterns.
Thursday, November 7 at 5:00pm
Tribble Hall, B316
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106