Redeeming empathy

In recent decades, political theorists, philosophers, medical ethicists, and literary theorists have emphasized the importance of empathy for moral and social progress.

Recently, this emphasis has come under attack. The attackers argue that empathy leads to imprudent and immoral decisions, in large part because of its partiality and variability. Using the moral psychology of the eighteenth-century philosopher David Hume, I will defend empathy against its detractors.

Lecture by Prof Margaret Watkins

  • Time: April 26, 17.00-18.30
  • Location: S.C. 002
  • The lecture will be followed by a reception to which all are cordially invited. No registration necessary.