Is empathy a good basis for morality?

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The other day someone told me that empathy (although she said she preferred the word “values”) was a good thing to base morality on.

Here are a few things I have been wondering about since.

If morality values are based on empathy then doesn’t that mean that one’s subjective experience is the basis for what they consiser moral behavior?

If so, how is subjective experience a good basis of moral behavior if everyone’s experiences are different?

Is there a universal standard of how much and/or what kind of experience is necessary to qualify an individual to make good empathy based value judgements?

Is there a universal standard of what is proper empathy and what is not?

If not, then how can one know that empathy is the right, or even a good, standard?

Is it a collective empathy?

A majority opinion on what is good empathy?

What if what one person says is proper empathy does not agree with another person? Then what?

So, is empathy a good thing to base morality on?

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