Empathy as the Moral Sense?

Philosophia 45 (3):867-879 (2017)
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In his recent work, Michael Slote argues that empathy is what Hutcheson called 'the moral sense'. The most innovative argument he offers for this claim is that our empathic reactions play a crucial role in fixing the reference of moral terms. I argue that Slote's bold proposal faces all the main problems of analytical naturalism, as well as some of its own. I suggest that empathy may nevertheless play a more modest and indirect role in acquiring moral knowledge.
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Naming and Necessity.Kripke, Saul A.
Two-Dimensional Semantics.Chalmers, David J.
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