Empathy, Morality, and Autism

I find this post fascinating and enjoyable!  I love how it balances (very well) a general perspective with that of a personal one 😊🌺🌺

An Intense World

While I generally disagree with those who claim that people with autism do not have empathy, when it comes to moral decision-making, empathy not only may not be necessary but, according to Jesse Prinz, may in fact get in the way.

I have read in various places that people on the spectrum tend to be very moral. At the same time, people have tended to think of empathy and morality as being closely related. How can one be highly moral and have low empathy? That was the conundrum those who argued that autistic have low empathy had to try to work out.

While I do not agree that people with autism lack empathy, I would agree that we/they have impaired empathy. Why that is is up for debate, though I’m of the opinion that a too-intense feeling drives us away from people, impairing its proper development. It may also…

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Laina Eartharcher

Feet on the ground, eyes toward the sky.

5 thoughts on “Empathy, Morality, and Autism”

    1. Yeah! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ. I’m really enjoying your blog! Because Science! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

      I actually found out I was autistic/Aspie through online searching that was originally prompted by my perusal of medical journals on Asperger’s/autism (lol! πŸ˜‰)

      (You’ll probably get a kick out of this: https://thesilentwaveblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/the-silent-wave/ and this one: https://thesilentwaveblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/no-one-knew-me/)


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      1. Yep πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’™. That’s an interesting story! And molecular biology sounds pretty amazing, too πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌ. I’m into human biochemistry, which I reckon piggybacks on molecular biology πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—


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