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An Empathic Eye

Dominic McIver Lopes

in Empathy

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539956
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730931 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539956.003.0009
An Empathic Eye

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As the powerful and persistent impact of photojournalism shows, people respond empathically to scenes in images and to the emotions that those scenes express. Without question, looking at images contributes to the development of empathic character traits. This paper argues for a more specific thesis: images contribute in a unique manner to the development of empathic character traits. The argument is that only images afford experiences of seeing-in, seeing-in mediates unique empathic responses, and these unique empathic responses to images can enrich empathic responses in real life situations. In order to make this argument, a component-based model of the syndrome of empathic responses is introduced.

Keywords: empathy; character; emotion; expression; images; seeing‐in

Chapter.  8185 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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