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Against Empathy Hardcover – 2 Feb 2017

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; 01 edition (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847923143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847923141
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Wonderfully humane, lucid and entertaining ... a brave and necessary tract for the times" (Telegraph)

"A great, provocative book ... that will legitimately change how you think about the world and your own sense of morality" (The New York Times)

"Bloom dismantles the argument that empathy is the basis of all morality … Empathy, it turns out, is sentimental, superficial and racist" (New Statesman)

"The title may shock, but this is a book of calm reason and expansive compassion. It’s also a pleasure to read: warm, lucid, and thought-provoking" (Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature)

"I couldn’t put this brilliantly argued book down. Engaging and witty, learned and stim­ulating, provocative and packed with cutting-edge findings, Against Empathy is sure to start many important debates" (Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother)

"Despite a near consensus about the merits of empathy, Paul Bloom shows that it is often just the warm embrace of prejudice – and, like anger, a reliable source of moral confusion. Against Empathy is a thrilling book, and reading it could well make you a better person" (Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith)

"I went in a sceptic and emerged a convert … one of the most thought-provoking, and ultimately convincing, books I’ve read in a long time" (Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game)

"Brilliant, powerful, and provocative, Against Empathy is sure to be one of the most controversial books of our time
" (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness)

"Bloom's point is a good one ... In a time of post-truth politics, his book offers a much-needed call for facts" (Economist)

"A deliberately maverick work – astringent, provocative, often witty and unabashedly against a prevailing culture ... I am staunchly with Bloom" (Salley Vickers Guardian)

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This landmark scientific investigation by one of the world's leading psychologists reveals empathy to be our most dangerous emotion

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