Empathy and Morality

Hardcover | July 4, 2014

EditorHeidi L. Maibom

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The relationship between empathy and morality has long been debated. Adam Smith and David Hume famously argued that our tendency to feel with our fellow human beings played a foundational role in morality. And while recent decades have seen a resurgence of interest in the idea that empathy orsympathy is central to moral judgment and motivation, the view is nonetheless increasingly attacked. Empathy is so morally limited, some argue, that we should focus our attention elsewhere. Yet the importance of our capacities to feel with and for others is hard to deny. This collection is dedicated to the question of the importance of these capacities to morality. It brings together twelve original papers in philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and neuroscience to give a comprehensive overview of the issue and includes an extensive survey of empathyand empathy-related emotions. Some contributors argue that empathy is essential to core cases of moral judgments, others that empathic concern and moral considerations give rise to wholly distinct motives. Contributors look at such issues as the absence of empathy in psychopaths, the use of empathytraining for rehabilitating violent offenders, and the presence of empathy in other primates. The volume is distinctive in focusing on the moral import of empathy and sympathy.

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The relationship between empathy and morality has long been debated. Adam Smith and David Hume famously argued that our tendency to feel with our fellow human beings played a foundational role in morality. And while recent decades have seen a resurgence of interest in the idea that empathy orsympathy is central to moral judgment and mo...

Heidi L. Maibom is professor of philosophy at University of Cincinnati. She studied at University of Copenhagen, University of Bologna, and University College London, and has held fellowships at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. She works on folk psychology, empathy, responsibility, and psychopathy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors1. Heidi L. Maibom: Introduction: Everything you ever wanted to know about empathy2. Daniel Batson: Empathy-induced altruism and morality: No necessary connection3. Tracy L. Spinrad and Nancy Eisenberg: Empathy and morality: A developmental psychology perspective4. Martin L. Hoffman: Empathy, justice, and social change5. Antti Kauppinen: Empathy, emotion regulation, and moral judgment6. George Graham and K. Richard Garrett: At the empathetic center of our moral lives7. Abigail A. Marsh: Empathic and moral deficits in psychopathy8. Giuseppe Ugazio, Jasminka Majdandzic, and Claus Lamm: Are empathy and morality linked? Evidence from moral psychology, social and decision neuroscience, and philosophy9. R. Peter Hobson and Jessica Hobson: On empathy: A perspective from developmental psychopathology10. Kristin Andrews and Lori Gruen: Empathy in other apes11. Tony Ward and Russil Durrant: Psychological altruism, empathy, and offender rehabilitation12. Douglas Hollan: Empathy and morality in ethnographic perspective