The dangerous shortcomings of empathy

Monday 3 November 2014 8:29AM
Joe Gelonesi
Psychology tells us that empathy arises for people who are similar to us, which can have serious implications on our ability to make sound moral judgements, writes Joe Gelonesi. He speaks to empathy sceptic Jesse Prinz about why emotions like anger might be more successful in motivating us to act.

In 2006, US President Barack Obama began a public conversation on a curious human feeling, and he’s been talking about it ever since. Others have been quick to follow suit, making empathy the emotion du jour.


Comments on: "The dangerous shortcomings of empathy" (1)

  1. Susan Forrest said:

    Reblogged this on HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force and commented:

    An interesting article on empathy from The Philosopher’s Zone

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