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Single Idea 21026

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / f. Compassion]

Full Idea

Daniel Batson's important research has shown us that compassion is not reliable on its own, because it can easily give priority to people close to the self.

Gist of Idea

Compassion is unreliable, because it favours people close to us


Martha Nussbaum (Creating Capabilities [2011], 8)

Book Reference

Nussbaum,Martha C.: 'Creating Capabilities' [Belknap Harvard 2013], p.180

A Reaction

In Britain animal charities receive vastly more money than children's charities, presumably for this very reason. Kittens - you've got to hate them.