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The Importance of Being Empathist. Why Empathy Matters for Morality

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Camassa Manuel,
Project The Shared World. On the Power and Limits of Empathy
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Quaderni della ginestra
Volume (Issue) 22
Page(s) 1 - 20
Title of proceedings Quaderni della ginestra

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


The aim of this paper is the analysis of the moral role of empathy. The main questions I wish to find an answer to are the following: is empathy necessary for morality? Is it sufficient for it? In order to answer these questions, it will be of great help if we split the thick concept of ‘morality’ into three different constitutive parts of it and we reformulate our questions in the following way: is empathy necessary for: (1) Moral judgment? (2) Moral development? (3) Moral conduct?