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Transcript
PsychologyDepartmentColloquium
Dr.DarylCameron
UniversityofIowa
Motivation,Capacity,andtheLimitsofEmpathy
Empathy,ortheabilitytosharewhatothersfeel,isconsideredbymany
philosophersandscientiststobefoundationaltohumanmorality.Empathycan
facilitatepro‐socialoutcomessuchascharity,cooperation,andtolerance.Yet
empathyappearstofailinmanycases:itislessresponsivetosufferingoflarge
numbers(e.g.,genocidesandnaturaldisasters)andout‐groups(e.g.,drugaddicts).
Accordingtosome,this“darkside”ofempathymakesitanunreliablebasisfor
moraldecisionsandpublicpolicy.Inthistalk,Iwillpresentevidence
thattheseapparentlimitsofempathycanresultfromstrategicchoicesto
avoidcostsofempathy.Iwillpresentevidencethatmotivationtoavoid
empathycanexplain“compassioncollapse”forlargenumbersofvictimsandthe
dehumanizationofstigmatizedout‐groups.Iwillalsopresentevidencethatpeople
generallyviewempathyaseffortful,whichmotivatesempathyavoidance.Iwill
closebydiscussingimplicationsforthecomplexrelationshipbetweenempathyand
morality.Insum,empathymayonlybeaslimitedaswewantittobe.
Tuesday,January19,4pm
Refreshmentsservedat3:45
335ShillmanHall