On Empathy

Joseph Redfield Palmisano

in Beyond the Walls

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925025
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980451 | DOI:


On Empathy

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The text moves to a more systematic consideration of the concept of empathy by way of Stein's dissertation On The Problem of Empathy. Our methodology focuses on “unpacking” Stein's concept of empathy as arising “con-primordially”: “I” become one with the other by turning to the content of the event of the other as if I were the subject. A reprise with Heschel on prayer as empathy reveals how the concept is not external to his categories, and from this we may argue that Heschel's concept of “trans-subjectivity” actually speaks to what Stein wishes to accomplish through the use of “con-primordiality”. Ultimately, Stein's thesis of empathy secures the mutuality of an authentic trans-subjectivity: it is a dialogical concept; where empathy may mean a prolonged attentiveness and mindfulness that contributes to genuine inter-religious partnership and cooperation.

Keywords: Adolf Reinach; Edmund Husserl; Life in a Jewish family; Max Scheler; On The Problem of Empathy; trans-subjectivity

Chapter.  7910 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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