3 August 2012
Venue: Room 501 (Pat Hanan Room), Arts 2 (Building 207)
Host: Professor Gary Watson, Provost Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Southern California
Psychopathy comes to our attention primarily as a display of chilling and thoroughgoing moral indifference. That indifference raises the question of whether psychopaths lack the capacity for morally responsible agency. My topic in this paper, though, is not responsibility to others but psychopaths’ peculiarly limited regard for themselves, going forward (and backward). This paper explores how these diachronic peculiarities might be linked to psychopathic deficiencies of moral concern.