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CONCERN FOR AND APPROVAL OF OTHERS

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0026
 							CONCERN FOR AND APPROVAL OF OTHERS

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This chapter tries to explain concern for and approval of others in a way similar to how concern for and approval of oneself were explained in chapter 24. It argues that because love of another individual (a strong form of approval) is always love of that individual because it has certain properties — which may be highly specific –love is transferable to any other individual with these properties. It also attempts to explain altruism or sympathy for another as arising out of empathy, or imagining having the experiences of another, which is an act of the same sort as anticipating one’s own experiences.

Keywords: altruism; approval; concern; empathy; love; sympathy

Chapter.  3994 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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