Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volumen 50, número 149, agosto 2018
Empathy, not Truth: Can a Dialectical and Skeptical Argumentation Enhance Both Democracy and Human Rights Courts?
[Empatía, no verdad: ¿puede una argumentación dialéctica y escéptica fortalecer tanto la democracia como las cortes de derechos humanos?]
Alberto Puppo
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Law School

Resumen: Who is the best moral reasoner, the judge or the legislator? The aim of this paper is to refine this question, by distinguishing between different metaethical assumptions. If the meta-ethical assumptions of arguers are incompatible or if their institutional goal is to establish some truth, there is no way of entering in a constructive argumentative activity. My claim is that only when arguers renounce any epistemic temptation and feel empathy with respect to others’ arguments, can institutions improve the quality of their judicial and democratic arguments, and therefore gain authority.
Palabras clave: meta-ethics, emotions, judicial reasoning, moral judgments, prescriptivism

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