Empathy ( Regan Williams)

How This Ties Into Class:

This article ties into class room themes in many ways. Namely by the way a person would think of empathy. For example, a ethical egoist would view empathy through the aversive arousal reduction hypothesis. That is the ethical egoist would only show empathy because had they not they would feel bad about it. Or take an utilitarianist, that person would show empathy because it would make them feel better about there self in the end. This sort of approach is known as empathy-specific reward hypotheses. Also, that same utilitarian would show empathy to avoid the social punishments of not helping some one in need, this view is called empathy-specific punishment.

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