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The Morality of Feeling Equal Empathy for Strangers and Family Alike

Brendan Gaesser and Zoë Fowler: When presented with stories in which the person feels either empathy solely for the friend/family member or the socially distant person, participants typically respond that it is more moral to feel empathy for the friend/family member. But participants judged feeling equal empathy as the most moral. Equal empathy was rated as 32 percent more morally right than feeling empathy for just one person in the story.

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