The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy

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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 410 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 19.05mm | 816g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 1 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white line drawings
  • 1138855448
  • 9781138855441
  • 1,537,756

About Heidi Lene Maibom

Heidi L. Maibom is Professor of Philosophy at University of Cincinnati, USA. She works on empathy, psychopathology, responsibility, and theory of mind. She has edited Empathy and Morality (2014), co-edited Neurofeminism with R. Bluhm and A.J. Jacobsen (2012), and is currently writing a book on perspective more

Table of contents

Introduction Heidi L. Maibom Part 1: Core Issues 1. Cognitive Empathy Shannon Spaulding 2. Affective empathy Heidi L. Maibom 3. Empathy, phenomenology, and mindreading Dan Zahavi 4. The neuroscience of empathy Christine Cong Guo 5. Empathy and mirror neurons Remy Debes 6. The evolution of empathy Armin Schulz Part 2: History of Empathy 7. Empathy in the aesthetic tradition Derek Matravers 8. Empathy in the phenomenological tradition James Jardine & Thomas Szanto 9. Empathy in Hume & Smith Imola Ilyes 10. Empathy in 20th Century psychology Mark Davis 11. Empathy, compassion, and "exchanging self and other" in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism Emily McRae Part 3: Empathy and Understanding 12. Empathy and understanding reasons Karsten Stueber 13. Empathy and knowing "what it's like" Ian Ravenscroft 14. Empathy and direct perception theories Shaun Gallagher 15. Empathy and intersubjectivity Josh May 16. Empathy and imagination Adam Morton 17. Empathy and understanding mental illness Matthew Ratcliffe Part 4: Empathy and Morals 18. Empathy and altruism Thomas Schramme 19. Empathy and moral judgment Antti Kaupinnen 20. Empathy and moral motivation Alison Denham 21. Empathy and moral responsibility David Shoemaker 22. Empathy and legal responsibility Ishtiyaque Haji 23. Empathy and care ethics Maurice Hamington 24. Empathy and medical treatment Per Nortvedt Part 5: Empathy in Art and Aesthetics 25. Empathy and visual art Noel Carroll 26. Empathy in music Jenefer Robinson 27. Empathy in literature Eileen John 28. Empathy in film Jane Stadler 29. Empathy and imaginative resistance Kathleen Stock Part 6: Empathy and Individual Differences 30. Empathy across cultures Douglas Hollan 31. Empathic accuracy William Ickes & Vivian P. Ta 32. Empathy and psychopathology Jeanette Kennett 33. Gender and empathy Robyn Bluhm. Indexshow more

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"This Handbook helps focus the debate on what empathy is, how it is instantiated, what are its determinants, and how it functions and evolved in the human mind. Some chapters will be uncontentious, and others highly contentious, and that is as it should be if it is to spark discussion and advance the scholarship of empathy as a natural resource for critical social challenges including conflict resolution." - Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge, UK "This is a very impressive collection of new essays: wide-ranging, lively, imaginative, and comprehensive. It promises to be an essential resource for scholars and students." - James Harold, Mount Holyoke College, USA "A necessary resource for anyone interested in empathy, whether they are a seasoned investigator or a student coming to the topic for the first time. The book offers a comprehensive overview of current work on empathy from a wide range of perspectives. It furnishes insights into empathy and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, psychopathology, gender, film, painting, music, literature, empathic accuracy, and other crucial areas. I am truly excited about this book." - Nancy E. Snow, University of Oklahoma, USAshow more