Why Empathy Matters

Book recommendation:   Why Empathy Matters, by J.D. Trout (Philosophy Dept. Loyola University Chicago)

“Faced with another’s suffering, human beings feel sympathy and may even be moved to charity. However, for all our good intentions and vaunted free will, we are lousy at making the bigger decisions that actually improve lives. Why? Drawing on his sweeping and innovative research in the fields of psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience, philosopher and cognitive scientist J. D. Trout explains how our empathic wiring actually undermines the best interests of individuals and society. However, it is possible to bridge this “empathy gap” and improve our decision-making. Here, Trout offers a tantalizing proposal- how to vault that gap and improve the lives of not just ourselves but the lives of everyone all around the world.”

Why Empathy Matters

Interview with J.D. Trout on Empathy

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