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Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Presents: 

Andrew Flescher

Dealing with Satan's Minions 

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 4:00 PM 

Humanities Building, Room 1008

 

To what extent can psychopaths be (or act) otherwise? Evidence has recently emerged in the fields of neurology and psychology which suggests that psychopathic behavior is a predictable and scarcely preventable manifestation of a damaged brain, revealed by callous and unemotional traits detectable in children even at a very young age. These findings have re-awakened age-old discussions about the relationship between free will and the commission of terrible wrongdoing. This talk will present and evaluate this new “Manichean” challenge to standard accounts of evil that tend to rely on, among other things, a robust sense of personal responsibility.

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