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Empathy

Edited by Amy Coplan [[missing key: and]] Peter Goldie

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539956
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730931 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539956.001.0001
Empathy

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Anti-Empathy

Peter Goldie.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8623 words.

The aim of this chapter is to challenge the idea that it is ethically a good thing to seek to empathise with other people, where ‘empathy’ means empathetic perspective-shifting: consciously...

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An Empathic Eye

Dominic McIver Lopes.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8185 words.

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...

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Empathizing as Simulating

Susan L. Feagin.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 6987 words.

The main objective of this paper is to explain a simulation account of what it is to empathize with characters in literary works of art; in particular, that simulating the mental processes...

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Empathy:

Graham McFee.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 13314 words.

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...

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Empathy and Trauma Culture:

E. Ann Kaplan.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 9696 words.

Scholars have begun to discuss new digital viewing contexts, but few have explored processes involved in responding to images of catastrophe. Many assume that cognition (meaning) is primary...

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Empathy as a Route to Knowledge1

Derek Matravers.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 6576 words.

This paper is divided into four parts. The first describes the ‘narrow’ sense of empathy: a method, consciously employed, of discovering what another person is feeling. The second expresses...

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Empathy, Expansionism, and the Extended Mind

Murray Smith.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 10297 words.

This chapter advances a definition of empathy as *other‐focussed personal imagining,* a definition which at once distinguishes empathy from various lower‐level phenomena such as affective...

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Empathy for Objects1

Gregory Currie.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 7699 words.

We think of empathy as an intimate, feeling‐based understanding of another's inner life. We do not think of it as a way of understanding inanimate objects. Yet a century ago, talk of...

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Empathy for the Devil

Adam Morton.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 7233 words.

There is a blinkering effect to decency. Morally sensitive people have constrained imagination. In particular - this chapter argues - decency limits one’s capacity to empathize with those...

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Empathy, Imitation, and the Social Brain

Jean Decety and Andrew N. Meltzoff.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 10612 words.

In this chapter we bring together theory and empiral evidence from both developmental science and affective neuroscience in support of the view that empathy and imitation are intimately...

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Empathy, Justice, and the Law

Martin L. Hoffman.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 12480 words.

For decades legal scholars and philosophers assumed the law and its underlying justice principles are cleansed of emotion, thus allowing reason and logic to prevail. They now acknowledge...

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Infectious Music:

Stephen Davies.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8287 words.

I have long been interested in the expression of emotion in music and in the response this calls forth from the listener. One such response is a mirroring or echoing one; sad music tends to...

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Is Empathy a Virtue?

Heather D. Battaly.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 12965 words.

Pre-theoretically, we conceive of empathy as a moral virtue. Philosophers and psychologists have tried to improve on our pre-theoretical concept of empathy. This chapter argues that if...

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Is Empathy Necessary for Morality?

Jesse J. Prinz.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 10181 words.

In this chapter I ask whether empathy is necessary for morality.  This question can be disambiguated in several ways.  Is empathy necessary for making moral judgments? Is empathy necessary...

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On Some Affective Relations between Audiences and the Characters in Popular Fictions

Noël Carroll.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 11660 words.

This essay explores a range of affective relations between popular audiences and the characters in mass fiction including including identification, empathy, sympathy, antipathy,sollidarity,...

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Two Routes to Empathy:

Alvin I. Goldman.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 7034 words.

This article proposes a distinction between two kinds of empathy, or routes to empathy: mirroring empathy and reconstructive empathy. The focus is on a minimal sense of empathy, i.e.,...

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Understanding Empathy:

Amy Coplan.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8128 words.

The goal of this chapter is to propose a narrow conceptualization of empathy as a complex imaginative process in which an observer simulates another person's situated psychological states...

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Within Each Other:

Marco Iacoboni.

in Empathy

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 6525 words.

The chapter discusses neural mechanisms of mirroring in the primate brain and their potential role in empathy. In monkeys, motor neurons that fire while the animal perform an action, also...

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