Paul Bloom, PhD, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, Yale University
Many psychologists, philosophers, and laypeople believe that empathy is necessary for moral judgment and moral action—the only problem with empathy is that we sometimes don’t have enough of it. Drawing on research into psychopathy, criminal behavior, charitable giving, infant cognition, cognitive neuroscience, and Buddhist meditation practices, Dr. Bloom will argue that this is mistaken. Empathy is a poor moral guide. It is biased, short-sighted, and innumerate—we should try to do without it. We are much better off, in both public policy and intimate relationships, drawing upon a combination of reason and distanced compassion.
Q&A and light refreshments following.
This lecture is made possible by a generous Endowment by the family of Allen. L. Edwards.