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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy

Edited by: Heidi L. Maibom

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138855441
eBook ISBN: 9781315282015
Adobe ISBN: 9781315282008

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Empathy plays a central role in the history and contemporary study of ethics, interpersonal understanding, and the emotions, yet until now has been relatively underexplored. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting field and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six parts:

  • Core issues
  • History of empathy
  • Empathy and understanding
  • Empathy and morals
  • Empathy in art and aesthetics
  • Empathy and individual differences.

Within these sections central topics and problems are examined, including: empathy and imagination; neuroscience; David Hume and Adam Smith; understanding; evolution; altruism; moral responsibility; art, aesthetics, and literature; gender; empathy and related disciplines such as anthropology.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, particularly ethics and philosophy of mind and psychology, the Handbook will also be of interest to those in related fields, such as anthropology and social psychology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Cognitive empathy Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Affective empathy Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Phenomenology, empathy, and mindreading Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The neuroscience of empathy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Empathy and mirror neurons Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The evolution of empathy Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Empathy in the aesthetic tradition Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Empathy in the phenomenological tradition Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Empathy in Hume and Smith Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Empathy in twentieth-century psychology Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Empathy, compassion, and “exchanging self and other” in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Empathy and understanding reasons Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Empathy and knowing what it’s like Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Empathy and theories of direct perception Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Empathy and intersubjectivity Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Empathy and imagination Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Empathy and psychiatric illness Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Empathy and altruism Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Empathy and moral judgment Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Empathy and moral motivation Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Empathy and moral responsibility Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Empathy and legal responsibility Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Empathy and care ethics Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Empathy and medical therapy Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Empathy and painting Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Empathy in music Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Empathy in literature Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Empathy in film Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Imaginative resistance and empathy Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Empathy across cultures Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Empathic accuracy Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Empathy and psychopathology Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Gender and empathy Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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