The Paradox of Empathy: HRP Annual Lecture by L. A. Paul

Come out to The Harvard Review of Philosophy‘s annual lecture by L. A. Paul on Friday, October 2nd, from 3-4:30pm. Professor Paul studies philosophy and cognitive science at Yale and has published books and articles on metaphysics, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind. In her work, she explores questions about the nature of the self, decision-making, temporal experience, causation, and perception among other philosophical issues.

Abstract: A commitment to truth requires that you are open to receiving new evidence even if that evidence contradicts your current beliefs. You should be open to changing your mind. However, this truism gives rise to the paradox of empathy. The paradox arises with the possibility of mental corruption through transformative change, and has consequences for how we should understand tolerance, disagreement, and the ability to have an open mind. I close with a discussion of how understanding this paradox provides a new explanation for a certain kind of standoff between the believer and the skeptic with regard to religious belief.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take a pre-reading and Q&A format. For interested participants, please register here. A zoom link and the paper will be sent to you shortly.

HRP Annual Lecture Registration