[SydPhil] UNSW PHILOSOPHY SEMINAR SERIES | Katsunori Miyahara (Wollongong): Empathy and epistemic humility | 15 October 2019

Heikki Ikaheimo h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au
Tue Oct 8 20:37:58 AEDT 2019

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Empathy and epistemic humility

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Abstract: Many think that empathy requires seeing the world through the other’s eyes, but what makes this possible? Simulationist models of empathy contend that it is enabled by the operation of mental simulation. However, simulationist theories of empathy lead to a highly sceptical view on the possibility of moral empathy. To reclaim the moral significance of empathy, I propose to re-think the notion of perspective-taking and suggest that moral empathy depends significantly on the virtue of epistemic humility.

Bio: Katsunori Miyahara is a Post-doc Researcher at the School of Liberal Arts, University of Wollongong. His research interest lies in understanding how our embodiment and situatedness functions in the background to shape our perception, cognition, and action. In particular, he develops the enactive approach to mind and cognition by drawing on insights from phenomenology and pragmatism. His current research focuses on two sets of issues: (i) Skill/habit – What is the nature of the states of mind involved in skillful and/or habitual actions?; (ii) Pain – What is the nature of pain and its relation to the body? He is also engaged in an interdisciplinary project on neurophenomenology funded by the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science).

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Speaker:  Katsunori Miyahara

University of Wollongong

Event Details:

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Room 209, Morven Brown

Kensington Campus, UNSW

This is a free event, all welcome.

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Contact: Heikki Ikaheimo
e: h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au<mailto:h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au>

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
UNSW Sydney,
NSW 2052

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