Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion
A controversial call to arms, Against Empathy argues that the natural impulse to share the feelings of others can lead to immoral choices in both public policy and in our personal relationships.
"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 stim-ulating, 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 *
Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at Yale University. He is an internationally recognised expert on the psychology of language, social reasoning, morality and art. His previous books include Just Babies and How Pleasure Works, and he has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, New Yorker and the Guardian. Bloom has won several awards for his research, articles and teaching, and his 'Introduction to Psychology' class was one of seven selected by Yale to be made available worldwide. His TED talks have been viewed 2.8 million times.