Lecture Artefact
Rudi D’Hooge

Where does empathy come from and why?(Lectures for the XXIst century)

Recorded live on Monday 22 February - 19:30 - 21:30

In his ‘lecture for the XXIst century’, Prof. Rudi D’Hooge attacks the following question from the field of evolutionary psychology: where does our (feeling for) human empathy come from? And why?

After a short definition of the term empathy and its related concepts, prof. D’Hooge takes you on a journey through the wondrous world of the human brain. Our brain does not only play an important role in our capacity for empathy, it also differs significantly from other species, to the extent that there must have been an evolutionary advantage to explain this. Throughout his lecture, Prof. D’Hooge builds up his argument positioning himself alongside and sometimes in opposition to the writings of a.o. Frans De Waal, Michael Tomasello, Richard Leakey and Sarah Blaffer Hrdy.

To review the lecture (in Dutch), please click here

Prof. Rudi D’Hooge is Full Professor at the KU Leuven Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. He is also the Head of the Laboratory for Biological Psychology and a member of LBI - KU Leuven Brain Institute.

On Thursday June 17 and Friday June 18 (12:00 - 13:00) Prof. Rudi D’Hooge will give a special guided tour (in Dutch) through the expo Artefact: Wired for Empathy. The guided tour is free, but the capacity is limited. Reservations below, or via the guided tours page.

  • Thu 10 Jun
  • 19:00 - 20:30