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Why the GOP tolerates evil

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The GOP, on the whole, is a party of people who lack empathy, compassion, and a sense of social justice. This, indeed, is why the phrase “compassionate conservatism” was so effective: the possibility that it was not an oxymoron excited people. Alas, it was stated by a moron and a person who has no sense of compassion, as has become all too clear over the years.

But how can so many people lack what one normally would see as a basic human sense of morality and fair play? My Mind on Books has a new post that suggests an answer:

The Emotional Construction of Morals, by Jesse Prinz (Oxford University Press, Dec. 28, 2007).

From the book description: “Jesse Prinz argues that recent work in philosophy, neuroscience, and anthropology supports two radical hypotheses about the nature of morality: moral values are based on emotional responses, and these emotional responses are inculcated by culture, not hard-wired through natural selection.” [Thus members of the GOP belong to a subculture that teaches emotional responses that prevent empathy, compassion, social justice, and a sense of fair play. And in fact that is exactly what one observes. – LG]

Author’s website, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Excerpts (24 p pdf draft)

Article “The Emotional Basis of Moral Judgments,” Philosophical Explorations, March 2006 (16 p pdf)

Written by Leisureguy

6 January 2008 at 3:05 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life

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