Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

“Choice” and “emotion” in altruism: Reflections on the morality of justice versus the morality of caring


Ross Buck a1
a1 Department of Communication Sciences and Psychology, U-1085, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 06269-1085 Buck@uconnvm.uconn.edu http://www.coms.uconn.edu/people/faculty/rbuck/index.htm

Abstract

Rachlin uses the word “choice” 80 times, whereas “emotion” does not appear. In contrast, “Empathy: Its ultimate and proximate bases” by Preston and de Waal, uses the word “emotion” 139 times and “choice” once. This commentary compares these ways of approaching empathy and altruism, relating Rachlin's approach to Gilligan's Morality of Justice and Preston and de Waal's to the Morality of Caring.



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