Empathy and psychopathology

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What can we learn about empathy and in particular about its role in morality by studying conditions in which it is significantly impaired? Over the past decade or so philosophers have focused extensively on psychopathy and to a lesser extent on autism in trying to tease out these questions and shed light on the longstanding meta-ethical debates between rationalists and sentimentalists about the basis of moral motivation and judgement. In tandem with this, some positive accounts of morality in both philosophy and psychology have given empathy a central role (e.g. Hoffman 2000, Slote 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of philosophy of empathy
EditorsHeidi L. Maibom
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315282015
ISBN (Print)9781138855441
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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NameRoutledge Handbooks in Philosophy


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