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Empathy and Morality$
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Heidi L. Maibom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199969470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969470.001.0001

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At the Empathetic Center of Our Moral Lives

At the Empathetic Center of Our Moral Lives

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(p.122) 6 At the Empathetic Center of Our Moral Lives
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Empathy and Morality
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K. Richard Garrett

George Graham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969470.003.0006

The question whether full and proper moral motivation and judgment is best served by being empathetic toward other people has been vigorously debated in recent years. This chapter defends the claim that being empathetic but only together with believing in the equal worth of each and every person can and should serve at the center of people#amp;#x2019;s moral lives. If someone considers other persons as equal but fails to be empathetic, he or she risks failing to appreciate their best interests. By contrast, being empathetic but failing to regard each and every person as equal risks morally over-valuing individuals with whom one more readily or easily empathizes, while under-valuing other persons.

Keywords:   empathy, imagination, caring feelings, caring attitudes, moral motivation, moral judgment

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