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I Feel Your Pain: Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Moral Motivation

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Authors
Thagard, Paul
Issue Date
2007
Publisher
Institute for Cognitive Science, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of Cognitive Science, Vol.8 No.2, pp. 109-136
Keywords
mirror neuronspainempathyemotionother mindsmoral motivationrepresentationinference
Abstract
Mirror neurons are brain systems found in monkeys and humans that respond similarly to actions and to the perception of actions of others. This paper explores the implications of mirror neurons for several important philosophical problems, including knowledge of other minds, the nature of empathy, and moral motivation. It argues that mirror neurons provide a more direct route to other minds, empathy, and moral motivation that complements the more familiar route based on conscious, verbal inference. To show how mirror neurons accomplish these functions, I apply a neurocomputational account of representation and inference.
ISSN
1598-2327
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/70902
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