Why is some practical ethics training a now requirement of nearly all professional training programmes? The short answer is that it is thought to be conducive to ethical decision-making and ethical behaviour. In recent years, the received idea that competency in moral reasoning implies moral responsibility has been the subject of much critical attention. Today, researchers in moral education widely regard moral reasoning as but one among at least 4 dimensions of moral development alongside moral motivation, moral character and moral sensitivity. Reflecting these developments, educationalists in the diverse fields of medicine, education, business, philosophy and nursing now openly question how to take professional ethics education beyond the development of skills in moral reasoning. Frequently topping the list of suggested improvements is to provide support for empathic capacities of response. This work gives this proposal the sustained attention that it deserves but which it has until now lacked.
1: Introduction.- 2: The Disambiguation of 'Empathy': Affective and Cognitive Conceptions.- 3: A Conceptual and Empirical Sketch of Compassionate Empathy.- 4: The Paradox of Compassionate Empathy's Moral Worth.- 5: Compassionate Empathy, Moral Perception and Moral Conscience.- 6: Intermezzo on Moral Emotion Education: Imagination, Imitation and Re-appraisal.- 7: Compassionate Empathy in Professional and Practical Ethics Education.- List of references.
Practical ethics training is now a requirement of nearly all professional training programmes. This timely and accessible book provides sustained, critical and multi-disciplinary treatment of the important and much-discussed question of addressing emotional aspects of moral functioning in professional ethics education. It offers practical evidence-based suggestions on how to incorporate the promotion of empathic development into the everyday teaching of professional ethics.
Provides sustained, critical and multi-disciplinary treatment of the important and much-discussed question of addressing emotional aspects of moral functioning in professional ethics education
Designed to be accessible and engaging to instructors of professional and practical ethics in a wide variety of fields
Offers practical evidence-based suggestions on how to incorporate the promotion of empathic development into the everyday teaching of professional ethics