Is it possible to be too good? Is it possible that thinking about morality could cause clinical levels of emotional and mental distress? On today’s show (hi, it’s been a while!), Christiane talks to two philosophers who explore a disorder known as Scrupulosity. People with Scrupulosity are obsessive about morality, checking and re-checking to make sure they haven’t done something wrong. Our guests, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Jesse Summers, explore the philosophical implications of these obsessions with moral behavior. Christiane also talks to Dr. Laura Crosskey, who treats patients with Scrupulosity.
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- Jesse S. Summers
- Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
- Clean Hands: Philosophical Lessons from Scrupulosity
- Dr. Laura Crosskey
- More on “genuine belief“
- More on “moral judgment“
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