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Index: Panel 21: Philosophy and Empathy
Date:  2012-12-13

Panel 21: Philosophy and Empathy
  Anthony I. Jack
Joshua Knobe
Philip Robbins
Edwin Rutsch
This panel brings together three leading researchers in the emerging field of experimental philosophy: a field which uses the experimental methods of the cognitive and social sciences to shed light on philosophical problems. This is a free ranging discussion of recent research and work in progress.
We discuss how our conception of the minds of others relates to empathy of various types, with a particular focus on empathy in the sense of compassion. The discussion touches on dehumanization, objectification, and how empathy relates to our tendency to see minds as embodied, as able to feel different kinds of emotion, and as possessing autonomy or free will.
Sub Conference: Science


Empathy Panel 21: Philosophy and Empathy


   Anthony I. Jack    

Anthony Jack, PhD (Tony) is Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Psychology in the Brain, Mind and Consciousness laboratory in the Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

He says, "I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology and extensive training in Philosophy and Neuroscience. I started out doing largely theoretical work on consciousness, but then got interested by the emerging field of brain imaging. I use fMRI to study attention, consciousness and social processing in the brain." 

  Joshua Knobe

Joshua Knobe is an associate professor at Yale University, appointed in both the Program in Cognitive Science and the Department of Philosophy. Most of his work is in the field of 'experimental philosophy.' @Wikipedia

  Philip Robbins
    Philip Robbins is an associate professor of Philosophy at the University of MIssouri. His research focus is on conceptual and empirical issues in the study of social cognition, with special attention to moral cognition. He also maintains an active interest in experimental philosophy.
  Edwin Rutsch
    Convener:  Edwin Rutsch is founding director of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. See his full Bio here.





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