My research focuses on philosophical psychology, metaethics, action theory and the philosophy of human nature. I do this in the context of my job as Professor for Philosophical Anthropology and Ethics at Duisburg-Essen University and in collaboration with the members of my Research Group. I see the work I have done, and am doing, on empathy as straddling the first two research areas.

Thomas Schramme and I have co-edited two volumes that are relevant for the project: On Moral Sentimentalism (Cambridge Scholars 2014) and Forms of Fellow Feeling (Cambridge University Press 2018). The introduction to the latter volume contains fairly detailed sketches of how I take it that empathy lines up alongside other forms and mechanisms of intersubjectively structured affect.

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