Conference: Perspectives on Empathy

4th-5th November, 2015, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Closing date for submission of abstracts is September 18th, 2015.

The Macquarie Research Centre for Agency Values and Ethics (CAVE) and the Agency and Moral Cognition Network present the *Perspectives on Empathy* Conference to be held at Macquarie University on November 4th and 5th 2015. Empathy is of interest to researchers across a range of disciplines including in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, psychiatry and psychology, moral psychology, ethics and aesthetics. Yet there is no clear agreement on what empathy is and the role it plays in moral development, social and moral cognition, imagination, and motivation. This conference seeks to bring researchers from across disciplines together to consider a range of questions about the nature, function and importance of empathy.

Keynote Speaker:

Heidi Maibom (Cincinatti) “Imagining Feelings”

Confirmed speakers:

Daniel Hutto (Wollongong) “Empathy: A Role for Narrative Engagement”

Kate Rossmanith (Macquarie) “Empathy in the Criminal Courts: Stories from the field”

Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie) “Empathic Ethics: Phenomenology, Cognitivism, and the Moving Image”

Jonathan McGuire & Robyn Langdon (NSW Mental Health Commission and Macquarie) “Empathy and mental illness”

Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie) “Empathy Scepticism”

Inquiries and offers of papers should be made to Jeanette Kennett: jeanette.kennett[at]mq.edu.au

Please include a title and abstract of around 250 words. Some assistance
 with travel funding may be available. Closing date for submission of abstracts is: September 18th, 2015.

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