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The Resource Against empathy : the case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom

Against empathy : the case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom

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Against empathy : the case for rational compassion
Title
Against empathy
Title remainder
the case for rational compassion
Statement of responsibility
Paul Bloom
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In a divided world, empathy is not the solution, it is the problem; a source of prejudice, not kindness. We think of empathy - the ability to feel the suffering of others for ourselves - as the ultimate source of all good behaviour. But while it inspires care and protection in personal relationships, it has the opposite effect in the wider world. As the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows, we feel empathy most for those we find attractive and who seem similar to us and not at all for those who are different, distant or anonymous. Empathy therefore biases us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Guiding us expertly through the experiments, case studies and arguments on all sides, Paul Bloom ultimately shows that some of our worst decisions - in charity, child-raising, criminal justice, climate change and war - are motivated by this wolf in sheep's clothing. Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, "Against Empathy" overturns widely held assumptions to reveal one of the most profound yet overlooked sources of human conflict. It demonstrates with absolute clarity that, when faced with moral decisions, we must choose reason and compassion, not empathy, as our guides
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StDuBDS
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1963-
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Bloom, Paul
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Empathy
Label
Against empathy : the case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Other people's shoes -- The anatomy of empathy -- Doing good -- The politics of empathy -- Intimacy -- Empathy as the foundation of morality -- Violence and cruelty -- Age of reason
Control code
034591442
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9780062339348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
Against empathy : the case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Other people's shoes -- The anatomy of empathy -- Doing good -- The politics of empathy -- Intimacy -- Empathy as the foundation of morality -- Violence and cruelty -- Age of reason
Control code
034591442
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9780062339348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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