An integrated view of empathy: psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
An integrated view of empathy
Abstract: 

In this paper, we will examine and untangle a conflict mainly between a developmental psychologist, Martin Hoffman and a social psychologist, Daniel Batson. According to Hoffman, empathic distress, a vicarious feeling through empathy, is transformed into an altruistic motivation. Batson and others on the other hand, criticize Hoffman, claiming that empathic altruism has no relation with empathic distress. We will point out some problems with Batson's position by referring to the results of fMRI experiments that suggest empathic distress and empathic altruism share a common basis, and defend Hoffman's argument. This will also offer new insights into the evolution of empathy.

Author(s): 
Nakao, Hisashi
Itakura, Shoji
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Journal Abbreviation: 
Integr Psychol Behav Sci
Publication Date: 
2009-03
Publication Year: 
2009
Pages: 
42-52
Volume: 
43
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
1936-3567
DOI: 
10.1007/s12124-008-9066-7
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18574649

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Hisashi Nakao and Shoji Itakura. 2009-03. "An integrated view of empathy: psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience." Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science 43: 1: 42-52. 10.1007/s12124-008-9066-7.

Wikipedia Citation

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