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EmpathyFrom Bench to Bedside$
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Jean Decety

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016612

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016612.001.0001

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Empathy, Evolution, and Human Nature Allan Young

Empathy, Evolution, and Human Nature Allan Young

(p.21) 2 Empathy, Evolution, and Human Nature Allan Young

Allan Young

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This chapter explores the role of empathy in the evolution of human nature. The origination of human nature through enlightenment and the mind’s naturalistic conception are discussed. Ideas, which are the basis for human nature vision, including the human mind being the command center of the body and its focus on self-interest, are explored. The chapter discusses theories focusing on how self-interested minds evolve into stable societies. It presents scientific theories, including Darwinian revolution, Mendelian revolution, and neo-Darwinian synthesis, which focus on addressing the question of whether the brain and the mind are one or not. The chapter also presents undesirable attitudes, including cruelty, self-deceit, and dissimulation, which may be included in empathy.

Keywords:   empathy, enlightenment, Darwinian revolution, Mendelian revolution, neo-Darwinian synthesis, dissimulation

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