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Inside the mind of Donald Trump

Academics perform a philosophical analysis of Donald Trump. Their expert opinions determine he ranges between a narcissist and an "asshole."

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How does Donald Trump operate? Who is Donald Trump? These questions have never been more pressing, with Trump presumed to be the Republican nominee in the upcoming United States election.  Two professors have decided to take a deeper look at the public figure notorious for his inflammatory speech and flagrant disregard for codes of conduct. 

The Current speaks with Dan McAdams, a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, who has garnered attention for his cover story in this month's Atlantic magazine, titled The Mind of Donald Trump

Aaron James, a professor and chair of philosophy at the University of California and author of Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump, joins the conversation to argue Trump fits the profile of a prototypical "asshole." He has written extensively about the behavioural characteristics of assholes in his bestselling book Assholes: A Theory.

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.