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).
|Title of host publication||Routledge handbook of philosophy of empathy|
|Editors||Heidi L. Maibom|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Name||Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy|