chapter  3
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Prejudice and Cultural Imagery

That empathy is necessary to insightful moral reflection and sound moral judgment strikes many people as intuitively obvious. Concurring with this view, some exponents of the major traditions in moral philosophy have sought to insert empathy into their theories (e.g., Hare, 1981; Hill, 1987; Okin, 1989b). It seems to me, however, that these theorists invoke empathy without considering the psychosocial obstacles to empathic understanding and thus without appreciating the complexity of moral reflection.