Philosophia 45 (3):861-866 (2017)

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Kyle Furlane
University of Toledo
Heidi L. Maibom
University of Cincinnati
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We raise two objections to Slote’s article. First, empathy cannot provide information about the world in the direct way Slote proposes. Emotional contagion might be able to do so, but this type of process is different from the empathic one. Second, even if we accept his view of empathy, his claim that we make moral judgments via empathizing with the ‘warmth’ or ‘coldness’ of the actor seems misguided because, we usually empathize with the patient, and we empathize with emotions, not “temperatures”.
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