AGAINST EMPATHY

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In a divided world, empathy is not the solution, it is the problem.

We think of empathy - the ability to feel the suffering of others for ourselves - as the ultimate source of all good behaviour. But while it inspires care and protection in personal relationships, it has the opposite effect in the wider world. As the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows, we feel empathy most for those we find attractive and who seem similar to us and not at all for those who are different, distant or anonymous. Empathy therefore biases us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Guiding us expertly through the experiments, case studies and arguments on all sides, Paul Bloom ultimately shows that some of our worst decisions - in charity, child-raising, criminal justice, climate change and war - are motivated by this wolf in sheep's clothing.

Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, Against Empathy overturns widely held assumptions to reveal one of the most profound yet overlooked sources of human conflict.



Rayons : Sciences & Techniques > Médecine > Santé

  • EAN

    9780099597827

  • Disponibilité

    Disponible

  • Nombre de pages

    304 Pages

  • Longueur

    19.8 cm

  • Largeur

    12.9 cm

  • Poids

    213 g

  • Distributeur

    Olf

  • Support principal

    Poche

Paul Bloom

Psychologue, né à Montréal, Paul Bloom est professeur émérite de psychologie et de sciences cognitives à l'université de Yale et professeur de psychologie à l'université de Toronto. En 2017, il reçoit le prix de la recherche Klaus J. Jacobs doté d'un million de dollars, qui distingue les contributions scientifiques exceptionnelles. Ses recherches sont publiées dans des revues scientifiques majeures telles que Nature et Science, tandis que ses articles de vulgarisation paraissent régulièrement dans The New York Times, The Guardian et Slate.

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