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Against empathy : the case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom

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Against empathy : the case for rational compassion
Title
Against empathy
Title remainder
the case for rational compassion
Statement of responsibility
Paul Bloom
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"We often think of our capacity to experience the suffering of others as the ultimate source of goodness. Many of our wisest policy-makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers agree that the only problem with empathy is that we don't have enough of it. Nothing could be farther from the truth, argues Yale researcher Paul Bloom. In Against Empathy, Bloom reveals empathy to be one of the leading motivators of inequality and immorality in society. Far from helping us to improve the lives of others, empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that appeals to our narrow prejudices. It muddles our judgment and, ironically, often leads to cruelty. We are at our best when we are smart enough not to rely on it, but to draw instead upon a more distanced compassion. Basing his argument on groundbreaking scientific findings, Bloom makes the case that some of the worst decisions made by individuals and nations--whom to give money to, when to go to war, how to respond to climate change, and whom to imprison--are too often motivated by honest, yet misplaced, emotions. With precision and wit, he demonstrates how empathy distorts our judgment in every aspect of our lives, from philanthropy and charity to the justice system and from medical care and education to parenting and marriage. Without empathy, Bloom insists, our decisions would be clearer, fairer, and--yes--ultimately more moral."--Dust jacket flap
Summary
A controversial call to arms by a Yale psychology professor argues that the natural impulse to share the feelings of others can lead to impaired judgments in public policy and interpersonal relationships, drawing on groundbreaking scientific findings to cite the benefits of choices made through distanced compassion
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10543209
Cataloging source
FMG
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1963-
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Bloom, Paul
Dewey number
152.4/1
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1475
LC item number
.B56 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Empathy
  • Caring
Target audience
adult
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the case for rational compassion
Label
Against empathy : the case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-272) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Other people's shoes -- The anatomy of empathy -- Doing good -- The politics of empathy -- Intimacy -- Empathy as the foundation of morality -- Violence and cruelty -- Age of reason
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9780062339331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)964448730
  • (OCoLC)ocn964448730
  • 525468
Label
Against empathy : the case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Other people's shoes -- The anatomy of empathy -- Doing good -- The politics of empathy -- Intimacy -- Empathy as the foundation of morality -- Violence and cruelty -- Age of reason
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9780062339331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)964448730
  • (OCoLC)ocn964448730
  • 525468

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