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Empathy, Enhancement, and Responsibility

Abstract This dissertation engages with the philosophical, psychological, and scientific literature on two important topics: empathy and human enhancement. My two broad goals are to clarify the role of empathy in ascriptions of responsibility and to consider how enhanced empathy might alter those ascriptions.

First, I argue that empathy is best thought of as a two-component process. The first component is what I call the rational component of empathy (RCE). RCE is necessary for moral responsibility as it allows us to put ourselves in another's shoes and to realize that we would want help (or not to be harmed) if we were in the other's place. The second component is what I call the emotive component of empathy (ECE). ECE is usually an autom... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Gurney, David Paul (Author) / McGregor, Joan (Advisor) / Brake, Elizabeth (Committee member) / Marchant, Gary (Committee member) / Tsosie, Rebecca (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Philosophy / Ethics / Empathy / Human Enhancement / Legal Responsibility / Moral Responsibility / Moral Theory / Psychopathy
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 275 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Philosophy 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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