Graham McFee

in Empathy

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539956
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730931 | DOI:

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The paper considers the use of the concept empathy in philosophical aesthetics, and in art appreciation, though “objects of comparison” (PI §130) from inter-personal empathy. It focuses first on the explanation of failure of empathy in terms of a failure to match the psychological state of the objects of (attempted) empathy: this notion is problematic, applied to others, as we cannot readily determine whether there is such a match; nor does it make sense to quantify such ‘matching’ as this or that percentage. Further, empirical work which seems to elaborate the concepts here still depends...

Keywords: matching; literature; fiction; Pérez-Reverte; Wittgenstein; object of comparison

Chapter.  13314 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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