The Moral Dimensions of Empathy – Limits and Applications  by J. Oxley 

Does empathy help us to be moral? The author argues that empathy is often instrumental to meeting the demands of morality as defined by various ethical theories. This multi-faceted work links psychological research on empathy with ethical theory and contemporary trends in moral education.


Table of contents (8 chapters)


  1. What is Empathy?
  2.  The Epistemic Functions of Empathy
  3. Empathy, Altruism and Normative Ethics
  4. Empathy and Moral Deliberation
  5. Empathy, Contractual Ethics, and Justification
  6. Empathy and Moral Education
  7. Conclusion: Implications for Feminist Ethics