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It is widely held in contemporary moral philosophy that moral agency must be explained in terms of some more basic account of human nature. This book presents a fundamental challenge to this view. Specifically, it argues that sympathy, understood as an immediate and unthinking response to another's suffering, plays a constitutive role in our conception of what it is to be human, and specifically in that conception of human life on which anything we might call a moral life depends.
About the Author
Craig Taylor is Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Table of Contents
• Rational Altruism
• Moral Incapacity
• An Attitude Towards a Soul
• Sympathy and Other Primitive Responses
• Sympathy and Understanding
• Appendix: A Utilitarian Theory?