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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Amy Kind

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The goal of this thesis is to act as a defense of empathy in the face of critiques from both Jesse Prinz and Paul Bloom. They both hold the view that empathy is far too flawed to be held up in society the way that it is and that we should look to other strategies. We will look at their arguments against empathy and then move into the critique of them. Despite their arguments, and with other philosophers' input, I ultimately conclude that with some edits to how we use it and some changes to how we think about it, empathy can remain an important and irreplaceable part of how we function in society.

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