Paul Bloom

Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University

Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. Bloom is co-editor of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences and editor or author of several books, including Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. He has written for the journals Nature and Science and for The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. A past-president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Bloom’s awards include the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence.

Videos/Audio of Paul Bloom

This provocative discussion between a psychologist and a journalist brings together two perspectives on the nature of... See more
Most people think the only problem with empathy is that we don’t have enough of it. Drawing on research into... See more
Empathy is typically seen as wonderful, central to cooperation, caring, and morality. We want to have empathic parents... See more
Most people think that happiness has four sources: the sensory pleasures (from art to chocolate), material wealth,... See more