Edited by Amy Coplan and Peter Goldie

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

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Empathy has for a long time, since at least the seminal work of David Hume and Adam Smith, been seen as centrally important in relation to our capacity to gain a grasp of the content of other people’s minds, and to predict and explain what they will think, feel, and do, and in relation to our capacity to respond to others ethically. In addition, empathy is now reinstated as being centrally important in aesthetics, in relation to our engagement with works of art and with fictional characters. This collection draws together nineteen original chapters on empathy in each of these areas, written...

Keywords: empathy; mind-reading; ethics; aesthetics; sympathy; mirror neurons; simulation; emotional contagion; emotion; verstehen

Book.  432 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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