I am broadly interested in moral issues that arise as part of life in diverse communities, in the face of disagreement and difference. The primary aim of my research is threefold: (1) diagnose and explain what I take to be certain key failures in this sphere of the moral life; (2) determine what sorts of cognitive-emotional tools are best suited to correcting and preventing such failures; and (3) draw on insights from the social and cognitive sciences to propose and defend strategies for fostering the relevant tools and creating the social and/or institutional conditions under which they can best be developed and employed.


Read, H. (2019). A typology of empathy and its many moral forms. Philosophy Compass, 14(10), e12623.

Spaulding, S., Svetlova, R., & Read, H. (forthcoming). The nature of empathy, in De Brigard, F. & Sinnott-Armstrong, W. (Eds.), Philosophy of Neuroscience. Cambridge: MIT Press.