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DEFINING EMPATHY: THOUGHTS ON COPLAN'S APPROACH

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  • Christian Miller is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Zachary T. Smith Faculty Fellow at Wake Forest University. His work has appeared in such journals as Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Psychology, The Journal of Ethics, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, and Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, and he is currently writing a book tentatively entitled “Moral Character: Philosophy and Psychology.” He is the director of The Character Project, which is funded by a $3.67 million grant for the study of character from the John Templeton Foundation.

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In this paper, I raise three sets of issues inspired by Amy Coplan's paper, “Will the Real Empathy Please Stand Up.” They concern whether we need to distinguish between the three phenomena as Coplan suggests, what method(s) should be used in making those distinctions, and whether they are in fact made correctly.

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