Empathy, Approval, and Disapproval in Moral Sentimentalism

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

Authors
Justin D'Arms
Ohio State University
Abstract
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
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2011.00062.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,483
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Upheavals of Thought.Martha C. Nussbaum - 2001 - Journal of Religious Ethics 31 (2):325-341.
Wise Choices, Apt Feelings.Allan Gibbard - 1990 - Ethics 102 (2):342-356.
Morals From Motives.Michael Slote - 2001 - Oxford University Press.
Values and Secondary Qualities.John McDowell - 1985 - In Ted Honderich (ed.), Morality and Objectivity. London: Routledge. pp. 110-129.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

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.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Comments on Michael Slote's Moral Sentimentalism.Lori Watson - 2011 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):142-147.
Reply to Justin D'Arms and Lori Watson.Michael Slote - 2011 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):148-155.
In Defense of the Moral Significance of Empathy.Aaron Simmons - 2014 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (1):97-111.
Against Empathy.Jesse Prinz - 2011 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):214-233.
Similarity Versus Familiarity: When Empathy Becomes Selfish.Elias L. Khalil - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (1):41-41.
Mice in the Sink.Jessica Pierce - 2008 - Environmental Philosophy 5 (1):75-96.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-09-05

Total views
132 ( #63,022 of 2,286,539 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
16 ( #52,904 of 2,286,539 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature