Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations

Virtues News: The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions presents Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations.

Indiana University has received a grant from the University of Chicago (sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation) to study "Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations" from fall 2010 to spring 2012. Richard B. Miller, Poynter Center director, is the PI for the project. Additional support is coming from the IU Institute for Advanced Study, directed by John Bodnar, the IU Office for the Vice Provost for Research, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Empathy: Self, Society, Culture

November 11-12, 2011 Symposium

Keynote speakers:

Carolyn Dean, (History, International Studies, Brown University)
Nancy Eisenberg (Psychology, Arizona State University), "Empathy-Related Reesponding in Children: Relations with Positive Moral and Social Development"
Nancy Sherman (Philosophy, Georgetown University) 
Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University, Bloomington 
November 11-12, 2011, from 1 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday 

Growing out of a two-year grant-supported project on "Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations," this symposium aims to explore theories and practices of empathy. Papers fall into three broad categories: Empathy and Psychology; Empathy and Ethics; and Empathy in Culture, History, and Society. The symposium will thus bring together scholars in literature, psychology and brain science, history, religious studies, philosophy, political science, education, law, sociology, and aesthetics. Empathy's connections to human development; interpersonal relations; and political, cultural, and social life will be examined. The event is organized to enable formal and informal exchanges of ideas. 

The public is welcome to attend; admission is free but requires registration. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.

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