Economics @ ITT

Those who choose utilitarian ethics have empathy deficit

Posted in economics by ittecon on April 30, 2013

Not sure I’ve fully digested this one. I’d like to read more about this study, but I don’t feel utility has a clear-cut moral definition—though the study does try to separate personal and impersonal flavours.

“[I]ndividuals who experienced low levels of compassion and concern for other people were more likely to embrace utilitarian ethics, which advocates the greatest good for the greatest number — even if that means harming a minority in the process.”

via Those who choose utilitarian ethics have empathy deficit, study finds | The Raw Story.

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