Category Philosophy

Paul Bloom: “Against Empathy”

Social Sciences Forum
Paul Bloom, Brooks & Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science, Yale University
“Against Empathy”
Thursday, March 29, 4–5 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 7th Floor

Bloom will discuss how more empathy is not what we need but in fact, makes us worse. Drawing from research in areas of psychopathy, criminal behavior, charitable giving, cognitive neuroscience, dehumanization and Buddhist meditation practices, Bloom explains how we may be better off in both public policy and intimate relationships if we use a combination of reason and distanced compassion and that in fact empathy, is a poor moral guide. (Click heading for full description.)