Martin Hoffman

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Martin L. Hoffman is an American psychologist, a professor emeritus of clinical and developmental psychology at New York University.[1]

His work largely has to do with the development of empathy, and its relationship with moral development.[2] His research also touches on areas such as empathic anger, sympathy, guilt and feelings of injustice.[1]

Hoffman did his undergraduate studies at Purdue University, receiving a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1945. He earned a master's degree in psychology at the University of Michigan in 1947 and his PhD in social psychology at the University of Michigan in 1951.[1] In the 1960s, he became editor of the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, and oversaw its conversion from a newsletter to an academic journal.[3]

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.[1]


  • Hoffman, Martin L. (2000). Empathy and Moral Development: Implications for Caring and Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511805851. ISBN 9780511805851.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Faculty profile at NYU.
  2. ^ Angier, Natalie (May 9, 1995), "Scientists Mull Role of Empathy In Man and Beast", New York Times.
  3. ^ "Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly", Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 2004.
  4. ^ Reviews of Empathy and Moral Development: Implications for Caring and Justice:
    • Eisenberg, Nancy; Morris, Amanda Sheffield (March 2001), Social Justice Research, 14 (1): 95–120, doi:10.1023/a:1012579805721CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Stilwell, Barbara M.; Thomas, Christopher R. (May 2001), Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 40 (5): 614–615, doi:10.1097/00004583-200105000-00026CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Raboteg-Šarić, Zora (September 2001), Contemporary Sociology, 30 (5): 487–488, doi:10.2307/3089337, JSTOR 3089337CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Spiecker, Ben (2002), "Review", Pedagogiek, 21 (3): 283–285, hdl:1874/187699
    • Wren, Thomas E. (January 2003), Ethics, 113 (2): 417–419, doi:10.1086/343014, JSTOR 10.1086/343014CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Vogt, Lori Ann (March 2003), The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review, 12 (2): 46–47, PMC 2538478CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Rottschaefer, William A. (September 2004), "Review", Journal of Moral Education, 33 (3): 385–387, hdl:10822/988141
    • Moomey, Andrea J. (Fall 2005), Journal of Church and State, 47 (4): 863–864, doi:10.1093/jcs/47.4.863, JSTOR 23920974CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Fernández, Benjamín Reyes (February 2011), Actualidades en Psicología, Universidad de Costa Rica, 20 (107): 141, doi:10.15517/ap.v20i107.40CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)