Empathy: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

Paperback | July 26, 2014

EditorAmy Coplan, Peter Goldie

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Empathy has for a long time, at least since the eighteenth century, been seen as centrally important in relation to our capacity to gain a grasp of the content of other people's minds, and predict and explain what they will think, feel, and do; and in relation to our capacity to respond toothers ethically. In addition, empathy is seen as having a central role in aesthetics, in the understanding of our engagement with works of art and with fictional characters. A fuller understanding of empathy is now offered by the interaction of research in science and the humanities. Empathy:Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives draws together nineteen original chapters by leading researchers across several disciplines, together with an extensive Introduction by the editors. The individual chapters reveal how important it is, in a wide range of fields of enquiry, to bring to bearan understanding of the role of empathy in its various guises. This volume offers the ideal starting-point for the exploration of this intriguing aspect of human life.

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Empathy has for a long time, at least since the eighteenth century, been seen as centrally important in relation to our capacity to gain a grasp of the content of other people's minds, and predict and explain what they will think, feel, and do; and in relation to our capacity to respond toothers ethically. In addition, empathy is seen ...

Amy Coplan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fullerton. Her primary research interests are in philosophy of emotion, aesthetics (especially philosophy of film), feminist philosophy, and ancient Greek philosophy. She has published articles on the nature and importance of emotion and on various forms o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Amy Coplan and Peter Goldie: IntroductionSection I. Empathy and Mind1. Amy Coplan: Understanding Empathy: Its Features and Effects2. Derek Matravers: Empathy as a Route to Knowledge3. Alvin I. Goldman: Two Routes to Empathy: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience4. Marco Iacoboni: Within Each Other: Neural Mechanisms for Empathy in the Primate Brain5. Jean Decety and Andrew N. Meltzoff: Empathy, Imitation, and the Social Brain6. Gregory Currie: Empathy for ObjectsSection II. Empathy and Aesthetics7. Murray Smith: Empathy, Expansionism, and the Extended Mind8. Dominic McIver Lopes: An Empathic Eye9. Stephen Davies: Infectious Music: Music Listener Emotional Contagion10. Susan L. Feagin: Empathizing as Simulating11. Noel Carroll: On Some Affective Relatons between Audiences and Characters in Popular Fictions12. Graham McFee: Empathy: Interpersonal vs. Artistic?Section III. Empathy and Morality13. Jesse J. Prinz: Is Empathy Necessary for Morality?14. Heather D. Battaly: Is Empathy a Virtue?15. Martin L. Hoffman: Empathy, Justice, and the Law16. E. Ann Kaplan: Empathy and Trauma Culture: Imaging Catastrophe17. Peter Goldie: Anti-empathy18. Adam Morton: Empathy for the Devil

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`there is much here for deep reflection and the authors are to be commended highly for their enterprise in producing such an enormous, stimulating book on such a difficult and wide-ranging, inter-personal component of human behaviour.'Michael N. Marsh, ESSSAT News and Reviews