Thursday, May 16, 2013

Paul Bloom, "The Case Against Empathy"


Paul Bloom's critique of empathy. In fact, it should probably be presented as a critique of the sloppy / careless use of empathy, since the criticisms it offers seem to rely upon empathic concern of others to ground their normativity. Also, the innumerate character of empathy is characteristic of human intuitive cognition and affect generally, so it's misleading to frame the innumerate objection as being against empathy specifically; many instances of self-love are no doubt also innumerate in the same problematic way.
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