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Aesthetics on the EdgeWhere Philosophy Meets the Human Sciences$
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Dominic McIver Lopes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198796657.001.0001

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An Empathic Eye

An Empathic Eye

(p.210) 11 An Empathic Eye
Aesthetics on the Edge

Dominic McIver Lopes

Oxford University Press

What you see can shape how you feel, and the route from seeing to feeling sometimes involves empathy—as one might empathize with a woman seen grieving the death of her child. But empathy also comes from what is seen in pictures. Many paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs are designed to evoke empathy. Moreover, episodes of empathy triggered by pictures can help build up a person’s capacity for empathic response. Indeed, they do so by fortifying the link between seeing and empathy in a distinctive way. The case for this thesis relies upon a broad conception of empathic response plus the right conception of what it is to see scenes in pictures.

Keywords:   empathy, emotion, expression, pictures, skill

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