Our better angels: Empathy, sympathetic reason, and pragmatic moral progress
University of Illinois Press
66 - 86
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The article explores research on neuroscience, empirical psychology, and primatology supporting an emphatic understanding of human nature. Topics discussed include the Darwinian paradigm, the book "The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society," by Frans de Waal, and the loyalty of people to a nation, group, or religion. Also mentioned are the views of science journalist Maia Szalavitz, child psychiatrist Bruce Perry, and psychologist Steven Pinker on empathy.