The Dark Sides of Empathy

The Dark Sides of Empathy

Many consider empathy to be basis of moral action. However, the ability to empathize with others is also a prerequisite for deliberate acts of humiliation and cruelty toward them. In The Dark Sides of Empathy, Fritz Breithaupt contends that people commit atrocities not out of a failure of empathy but rather as a direct consequence of over-identification. Even well-meaning compassion can have many unintended consequences, such as intensifying conflicts or exploiting… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Page count: 288 pages

Language: English

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