[SydPhil] Notification: Monika Betzler (LMU) @ Thu 25 Jul 2019 15:00 - 16:30 (AEST) (Current Projects)

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Title: Monika Betzler (LMU)
The Limits of Empathy
Monika Betzler (LMU Munich)

The aim of this paper (co-authored with Simon Keller) is to show that  
(affective) empathy often makes demands of belief. As we will put it, once  
we empathize we are under a rational requirement to have beliefs that  
cohere with our empathy. To empathize with another person is to imagine how  
her situation is like for her, and share in her emotions. Emotions involve  
ways of seeing the world; fear of cats, for example, involves seeing cats  
as dangerous. To empathize with another person is, in part, to see the  
world as she sees it. If I empathize with your fear of cats, then I am  
under rational pressure to believe that cats are dangerous. The connection  
between empathy and belief has far-reaching consequences for several  
debates about the moral and epistemic roles of empathy. Empathy carries  
distinctive epistemic dangers along with its epistemic benefits; there can  
be good reasons to avoid empathy; there are epistemic barriers to our  
ability truly to empathize with others, even those very close to us; the  
ideal of universal empathy is incoherent; and empathy cannot plausibly be  
taken to be the basis of morality.

When: Thu 25 Jul 2019 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
     * Kristie Miller- creator

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