Academic journal article Ethics & Medicine

Empathy and Morality

Academic journal article Ethics & Medicine

Empathy and Morality

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Empathy and Morality Heidi L. Maibom, Editor: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN 978-01 99969470, 320 PAGES, CLOTH, $69.00.

The aim of this edited volume is to explore the role of empathy as it relates to morality. Twelve individual contributors-from the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and neuroscience-address the nuances of this discussion from the perspectives of their disciplines. Virtually all the authors agree on the importance that empathy and empathy-related emotions play in our moral orientation towards others.

An important distinction made in a number of the essays is that of the difference between sympathy (apprehension of another's mental state but not feeling the same feelings as that person) and empathy (the ability to actually feel the other person's pain). Through very careful discussions of empathy and related notions, the book provides various ways of assessing empathy in others, including through the use of imaging of the brain, studying those with autism and psychopaths, psychological test instruments, experiments with subjects, etc. Significant space is devoted in particular to David Hume and Adam Smith, considered by many to be the two major thinkers emphasizing the importance of empathy for morality (a couple mention Aristotle as well). …

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