Attend a Lecture with Dr. Claudia Passos-Ferreira
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016; 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Kimmel Center, Room 903
60 Washington Square South

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In Defense of Empathy
In this talk, Dr. Passos-Ferreira will argue that empathy plays a necessary role in human moral development. Dr. Passos-Ferreira will contend that empathy – understood either as vicarious sharing of emotion or as affective perspective shifting through simulation and imaginative reconstruction – is fundamental to the development of moral agency. The absence or deficiency of these processes (e.g., in autistic and psychopathic people) leads to the absence or deficiency of a crucial element of our morality. Second, Dr. Passos-Ferreira will argue that empathy is desirable as a moral emotion, and that there is a moral benefit associated with empathic feelings. Dr. Passos-Ferreira will also argue that there are certain morally demanding situations in which empathy is our best guide to moral judgment.
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