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Paul Bloom on what’s wrong with empathy.

“We know that a high level of empathy does not make one a good person and that a low level does not make one a bad person. Being a good person likely is more related to distanced feelings of compassion and kindness, along with intelligence, self-control, and a sense of justice.”

—psychology professor Paul Bloom, in a much-discussed essay entitled “Against Empathy,” published in the September 10 Boston Review.

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