The Moral Dimensions of Empathy: Limits and Applications in Ethical Theory and Practice

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byJulinna C. Oxley

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Does empathy help us to be moral? The author argues that empathy is often instrumental to meeting the demands of morality as defined by various ethical theories.This multi-faceted work links psychological research on empathy with ethical theory and contemporary trends in moral education.

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Does empathy help us to be moral? The author argues that empathy is often instrumental to meeting the demands of morality as defined by various ethical theories.This multi-faceted work links psychological research on empathy with ethical theory and contemporary trends in moral education.

JULINNA OXLEY is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, USA.She recently served as co-director of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values' Summer Ethics Academy. Her research interests include normative ethics and feminist philosoph...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230276563

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
PART I: WHY EMPATHY?
Introduction: The Empathy-Morality Connection
What is Empathy?
PART II: THE MORAL DIMENSIONS OF EMPATHY
The Epistemic Functions of Empathy
Empathy, Altruism, and Normative Ethics
PART III: EMPATHY AND ETHICAL THEORY
Empathy and Moral Deliberation
Empathy, Contractual Ethics and Justification
PART IV: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS
Empathy and Moral Education
Conclusion: Feminist Ethics
Notes
Bibliography
Index