Care and Compassion

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145502
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834969 | DOI:
 Care and Compassion

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What is compassion? I suggest that it is, as Adam Smith and David Hume once argued, a moral sentiment that is subject to a great many constraints and variations but is nonetheless “natural.” I also consider Nietzsche's rather vehement attack on Mitleid (pity) and current social psychological literature on empathy.

Keywords: sympathy; empathy; benevolence; compassion; pity; care; caring; Hume; Adam Smith; John Rawls; Aristotle; social psychology; Nietzsche

Chapter.  15865 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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