Seminar organized by Jean Decety, 2021-2022 Paris IAS Fellow, as part of the "Social neuroscience" series
Empathy shapes the landscape of our social lives by motivating prosocial behavior, inhibiting aggression, and facilitating bonding between members of a similar social group. Theoretical and empirical work with animal models, developmental science, and affective neuroscience, views empathy as an ability which has evolved primarily to support parental care and bonding between individuals. Yet, empathy is fragile, capacity-limited, parochial, and narrow minded. Consequently, empathy may erode our ethical values.
With the participation of Sylvie Thoron (economist) – Université Paris-Est Créteil.
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