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Empathy: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

Amy Coplan and Peter Goldie


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 by ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199539956
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Coplan, editor
California State University, Fullerton

Peter Goldie, editor
University of Manchester

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