Monika Betzler What Is the Value of Empathy and How Does it Relate to Morality?

Monika Betzler is Chair of Practical Philosophy and Ethics at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. She was previously Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Other former affiliations include the University of Göttingen, Bielefeld University, and Harvard University. She has also worked for the Commission of the European Union. Her special fields of interest are moral philosophy, moral psychology, and theories of practical reason and normativity. She is elected Member of the Swiss National Committee for Bioethics and on several editorial boards, for instance of the Journal for Social Ontology.

Area of Research

Practical Philosophy

since 2015

Chair in Practical Philosophy and Ethics

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion

2006-2015

Full Professor of Philosophy

University of Bern (Universität Bern)

2005-2006

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

2004-2005

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Political Theory

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

2003

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

University of Bern (Universität Bern)

1997-2002

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

1998

Visiting Lecturer

University of Bielefeld (Universität Bielefeld)

1995

Teaching Fellow

Harvard University

Kennedy School of Government

1993-1994

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

1992-1993

Trainee and Expert

European Commission

Forward Studies Unit

2005

Habilitation in Philosophy

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

1996

Master of Public Administration

Harvard University

Kennedy School of Government

1992

PhD in Philosophy

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

1988

Magister Artium in Philosophy

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

- Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie

- Erkenntnis

- Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

- Ethical Perspectives

- Ethics

- Facta Philosophica

- Grazer Philosophische Studien

- Inquiry

- Kantian Review

- Philosophers' Imprint

- Philosophical Explorations

- Philosophical Quarterly

- Rationality

- Markets and Morals

- Theoria

- Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung

- Zeitschrift für praktische Philosophie

- American Philosophical Association

- British Society for Ethical Theory

- German Philosophical Association

- German Society for Analytic Philosophy

- European Society for Analytic Philosophy

To have empathy is often defined as the capacity to imagine or feel like other people feel. In the philosophical tradition morality and empathy have often been seen as intertwined or as one being the condition of the other. More recently, this close link has been questioned. Practical philosopher MONIKA BETZLER investigates how the human capacity to empathize with others is related to the concept of morality. In this video, she focuses this question on defining the value of empathy and what this value contributes to morality. For this, she observed normative practices analyzing how people behave and developed a normative concept of empathy. She found concrete evaluative features that allow the establishment of extrinsic and intrinsic values of empathy.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10498

The Relational Value of Empathy

  • Monika Betzler
  • Submitted
Monika Betzler. "The Relational Value of Empathy." (Submitted).