Other Minds, Social Cognition, and Empathy: Multiple responses

Peter Goldie’s objection to empathy is not with the whole of empathy but rather the higher-order definition of “empathetic perspective-shifting”, wherein a person imagines being another person (as opposed to imagining their feelings, etc. and coming to see how you would feel in their situation—“in-his-shoes perspective-shifting”).

He claims that by doing this “empathetic perspective-shifting” one wrongly imposes thoughts on the target that she does not posses. In essence, only the agent has a say in what her true thoughts and feelings are.