Empathy and Fairness / Edition 1

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This book brings together work from a wide range of disciplines to explain processes underlying empathy and fairness. It approaches the topic of empathy and fairness from different viewpoints, namely those of social cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, evolutionary anthropology, economics, and neuropathology.

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"Recommended to all psychologists as an in-office resource." (Electric Review, March/April 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470026267
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Series: Novartis Foundation Symposia Series, #154
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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The Novartis Foundation is an international scientific and educational charity which promotes the study and general knowledge of science and in particular encourages international co-operation in scientific research.

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Table of Contents

Symposium on Empathy and Fairness, held at the Novartis Foundation, London, 25-27 October 2005.

Editors: Greg Bock (Organizer) and Jamie Goode.

This symposium is based on a proposal made by Chris Frith, Uta Frith, Tania Singer and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.

Introduction (Chris Frith).

Embodied simulation: from mirror neuron systems to interpersonal relations (Vittorio Gallese).


The neuronal basis of empathy and fairness (Tania Singer).


What’s fair? The unconscious calculus of our moral faculty (Marc Hauser).


Chimpanzees may recognize motives and goals, but may not reckon on them (Josep Call and Keith Jensen).


Empathy-related responding and prosocial behaviour (Nancy Eisenberg).


General discussion I.

A social interaction analysis of empathy and fairness (Paul A. M. Van Lange, Marcello Gallucci, Johan C. Karremans, Anthon Klapwijk and Chris Reinders Folmer).


Triggering the intentional stance (Raymond A. Mar and C. Neil Macrae).


Dissociable systems for empathy (R. James R. Blair).


Looking at other people: mechanisms for social perception revealed in subjects with focal amygdala damage (Ralph Adolphs).


Models of distributive justice (Jonathan Wolff).


When do we empathize? (Frédérique de Vignemont)


Cooperation through moral commitment (Robert Frank).


Final Discussion.

Index of Contributors.

Subject Index.

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