Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):134-141 (2011)

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Justin D'Arms
Ohio State University
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This discussion explores the moral psychology and metaethics of Michael Slote's Moral Sentimentalism. I argue that his account of empathy has an important lacuna, because the sense in which an empathizer feels the same feeling that his target feels requires explanation, and the most promising candidates are unavailable to Slote. I then argue that the (highly original) theory of moral approval and disapproval that Slote develops in his book is implausible, both phenomenologically and for the role it accords to empathy. Finally, I suggest that these problems in moral psychology undermine Slote's metaethical argument for identifying rightness and wrongness with agential warmth and coldness in action.
Keywords empathy  sentimentalism
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DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2011.00062.x
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Moral Sentimentalism.Anttin D. Kauppinen - 2014 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Empathy.Karsten Stueber - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Empathy as the Moral Sense?Antti Kauppinen - 2017 - Philosophia 45 (3):867-879.
Empathy is Not a Thermometer.Kyle Furlane & Heidi L. Maibom - 2017 - Philosophia 45 (3):861-866.

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