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

I have never encountered such virtuosity, such authorativeness in an author. It all comes together, like a Mozart symphony.

What did you like best about this story?

The way that the psychoanalytic discussions of Einhorn and Wittgenstein managed to unify all of the previous material.

Which scene was your favorite?

The discussion of Wittgenstein.

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

It's too long for that, and it's too rich in information. Every sentence demands consideration.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has a friendly and relaxed tone, but he was not in his element here.

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- David

a bit technical but good

What did you love best about Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the psychological parts

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the psychological parts

What aspect of Mitchell Johnson’s performance would you have changed?

he did not enunciate, sounded like he was reading an add for insurance

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, the parts about the masks that the psychopath wears rang some serious bells

Any additional comments?

like the psychoanalysis more than i like the philosophy, the narrator was not so good

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- Sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2016