Empathy in the phenomenological tradition

Authored by: James Jardine , Thomas Szanto

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy

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

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

10.4324/9781315282015.ch8

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Abstract

In the past few years, there has been a lively debate on whether and how phenomenology can contribute to social cognition research. Notably, some have doubted whether first-personal, phenomenological descriptions of intersubjective experience and interaction can support or disconfirm certain theories about social cognition (e.g., Spaulding 2015). In contrast to such an assessment, the aim of the present contribution will be to present an overview of the rich and detailed discussion of empathy found in the phenomenological tradition, focussing particularly on those aspects of this discussion that we believe to contain important and subtle insights of contemporary relevance.

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