Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

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In a divided world, empathy is not the solution, it is the problem.

We think of empathy – the ability to feel the suffering of others for ourselves – as the ultimate source of all good behaviour. But while it inspires care and protection in personal relationships, it has the opposite effect in the wider world. As the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows, we feel empathy most for those we find attractive and who seem similar to us and not at all for those who are different, distant or anonymous. Empathy therefore biases us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Guiding us expertly through the experiments, case studies and arguments on all sides, Paul Bloom ultimately shows that some of our worst decisions – in charity, child-raising, criminal justice, climate change and war – are motivated by this wolf in sheep's clothing.

Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, Against Empathy overturns widely held assumptions to reveal one of the most profound yet overlooked sources of human conflict.

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"Wonderfully humane, lucid and entertaining ... a brave and necessary tract for the times" (Telegraph)

"A great, provocative book ... that will legitimately change how you think about the world and your own sense of morality" (The New York Times)

"Bloom dismantles the argument that empathy is the basis of all morality ... Empathy, it turns out, is sentimental, superficial and racist" (New Statesman)

"The title may shock, but this is a book of calm reason and expansive compassion. It’s also a pleasure to read: warm, lucid, and thought-provoking" (Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature)

"I couldn’t put this brilliantly argued book down. Engaging and witty, learned and stim­ulating, provocative and packed with cutting-edge findings, Against Empathy is sure to start many important debates" (Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother)

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This landmark scientific investigation by one of the world's leading psychologists reveals empathy to be our most dangerous emotion

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