Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy

  • by J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by Mitchell Johnson
  • 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Even though the world is governed by laws, human beings are able to be free. In fact, there is no difference between being genuinely free and having a distinctively human psychological architecture. But self-deception and rationalization can result in the replacement of actual beliefs with operational pseudo-beliefs. When this happens, the result is a sociopathic pseudo-person. The difference between a sociopath and a psychopath is that, whereas the sociopath once had a distinctively human psychological architecture, the psychopath never developed such an architecture to begin with. Thus, whereas the sociopath's personality is that of an ossified human, the psychopath has no real personality to speak of. What the psychopath lacks in the way of an actual identity, he replaces with narratives, the primary function of which is to give a semblance of cohesiveness to his otherwise gelatinous psyche, and a secondary function of which is to defraud others. But the psychopath's tendency to defraud others is merely a way of providing external reinforcement for his flimsy narrative-based faux-identity.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

utterly cogent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, deep, clear, thorough answers to questions that are seldom asked, but should be, and never answered

What was one of the most memorable moments of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the discussion of different kinds of mental illness

What about Mitchell Johnson’s performance did you like?

its morally centered quality

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the discussion of intentions

Any additional comments?

a tour de force

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- Flossy

beyond good

Would you listen to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy again? Why?

yes, very rich in information

What was one of the most memorable moments of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the discussion of second-order desires

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mitchell Johnson?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, it's six hours long

Any additional comments?

the author is great

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- Turner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016