Why Empathy is not the Best Basis for Humanitarianism

Breithaupt, Fritz

Most people today assume that empathy is a key source—perhaps the key source—of humanitarianism. The logic appears straightforward: we see the suffering of others and we feel for them; because we feel for them, we intervene. The paper 'challenges this oversimplified thinking and highlight the darker sides of empathy'.


Global Cooperation Research Papers

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