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Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

9 minutes
Why empathy is an imperfect moral guide, and why reason is a better alternative.

While empathy can motivate your acts of kindness and your pursuit of justice, empathy can also cloud your moral reasoning and inspire impulsive, hurtful choices. In this Snapshot, you will learn about the pitfalls of empathy and why your emotions can actually motivate poor decisions. By learning about the problems of empathy and exploring the hidden altruism of human reasoning, you will learn how to use rationality as a more effective moral compass.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want new strategies for moral problem-solving
  • Have concerns about how your emotional impulses can lead to poor decision-making
  • Are curious about moral philosophy and human behavior
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