3BL Blogs: Sonia Sotomayor: For empathy, read ethics

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3BL Blogs: Sonia Sotomayor: For empathy, read ethics

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Critics are trying to turn the assertion that Sonia Sotomayor is "empathetic" into a negative. http://3bl.me/p8y49r

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Monday, August 10, 2009 - 9:31am

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Critics of President Obama's pick for the US Supreme Court are trying to turn the assertion that Sonia Sotomayor is "empathetic" into a negative.

And yet there is research into moral psychology dating back at least as far as Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments that makes clear the role of empathy in ethical decision making (see reading list below).

The Right's advocacy against Ms Sotomayor's nomination echoes advocacy of a free market ideology and institutions that work to create as much emotional distance as possible between decision makers and their impacts - see, for example, the insistence that corporate executives are obliged to consider the impacts of their decisions on nobody but their shareholders, so creating an ethics-free zone within business regarding executive's impacts on anyone else. 

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Keywords: Adam Smith | Advocacy | Democrats | Emotion | Obama | Republicans | Sonia Sotomayor | Supreme Court | United States

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