The Indolent Sympathy: An Explanation from Haidt’s Perspective


  • José Oliverio Tovar-Bohórquez Universidad del Valle



affective disposition, social intuitionism, solidarity, poverty, brutality


In this paper, I use Jonathan Haidt’s theory to explore an affective disposition that I call “indolent sympathy”. I argue that this disposition prevents a considerable group of human beings from showing solidarity with the millions of people who find themselves in conditions of poverty or extreme poverty. To demonstrate this, I will first present two dissimilar cases that show the type of affective disposition that I wish to submit to the reader’s consideration. Secondly, I will discuss the main characteristics of this affective disposition. Thirdly, I will discuss the social intuitionist model, highlighting the aspects that will help me to account for indolent sympathy. Finally, I will read indolent sympathy in the light of Haidt’s theory and explain one of its most important features: brutality.


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Tovar-Bohórquez, J. O. (2022). The Indolent Sympathy: An Explanation from Haidt’s Perspective. Revista De Humanidades De Valparaíso, (19), 203–219. (Original work published May 30, 2022)



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