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November 10th, 2020

Empathy

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Forum for Philosophy

November 10th, 2020

Empathy

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca/ Nadine El-Enany/ Danielle Sands

 


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In an age of stark political division and inequality, kindness seems a rare commodity and the failings in our social, moral, and political life are often thought to stem from a lack of empathy. For others, empathy leads to biased decision-making and distracts us from addressing society’s structural problems. But what is empathy? What are its limits? Can there be empathy between humans and other animals? Can our societal and political problems be alleviated without it, or is an ethical life impossible without empathy? We explore the nature of empathy.

 

Speakers
Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca
DAS Graduate School at the Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts
Nadine El-Enany
Senior Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck
Danielle Sands
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Thought, RHUL

Chair
Sarah Fine
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, King’s College London

 

Co-sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy

 

Recorded on 3 November 2020

 

 


 

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