Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Empathy: Common sense, science sense, wolves, and well-being


Marc Bekoff a1
a1 Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0334 marc.bekoff@colorado.edu www.ethologicalethics.org

Abstract

Empathy is likely more widely distributed among animals than many researchers realize or perhaps are willing to admit. Studies of social carnivores, other group-living animals, and communication via different modalities will help us learn more about the evolutionary roots and behavioral, sensory, and cognitive underpinnings of empathy, including what it means to have a sense of self. There are also important implications for debates about animal well-being.



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