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From ape empathy to human morality?

Borg, E. ORCID: (2014) From ape empathy to human morality? Analysis, 74 (4). pp. 577-587. ISSN 1467-8284

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/analys/anu080


The idea that empathy provides an important developmental precursor to moral decision making possesses significant conceptual appeal. However, the idea of a necessary, diachronic relation between empathy and morality has been rejected recently (by Prinz 2011, amongst others). This paper reassesses the strength of the claim that empathy is developmentally necessary for (at least some forms of) morality and argues that the position remains a live possibility.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Cognition Research (CCR)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:37482
Uncontrolled Keywords:empathy, morality, prosocial behaviour, infant development
Publisher:Oxford University Press


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