Empathy … it’s your choice

Some think empathy is not a very good guide to moral decisions. Psychologists¬†Daryl Cameron, Michael Inzlicht, and William A. Cunningham¬†disagree. They think we can choose to feel empathy when we want to. “Arguments against empathy rely on an outdated view of emotion as a capricious beast that needs to yield to sober reason. Yes, there are many situations in which empathy appears to be limited in its scope, but this is not a deficiency in the emotion itself. In our view, empathy is only as limited as we choose it to be.”

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Empathy … for and against

Paul Bloom claims that “if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.” Some agree, some disagree, and that leads to a very interesting exchange of ideas on empathy.