David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophia 39 (1):125-144 (2011)
Compassion is often described in terms of suffering. This paper investigates the nature of this suffering. It is argued that compassion involves suffering of a particular kind. To begin with a case is made for the negative claim that compassion does not involve an ordinary, or afflictive, suffering over something. Secondly, it is argued that the suffering of compassion is a suffering for someone else’s sake: If you feel compassion for another person, P, then you suffer over P:s suffering for P:s sake, and if that is all you do, then you are not affected with an afflictive suffering over something. The final section identifies and addresses a problem concerning self-pity, and a suggestion is made on how to specify the proposed account so as to cover both self-directed and other-directed compassion
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Aaron Ben-Ze'ev (2001). The Subtlety of Emotions. A Bradford Book.
Brian Carr (1999). Pity and Compassion as Social Virtues. Philosophy 74 (3):411-429.
Peter Carruthers (1999). Sympathy and Subjectivity. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (4):465-82.
Peter Carruthers (2004). Suffering Without Subjectivity. Philosophical Studies 121 (2):99-125.
Douglas Chismar (1988). Empathy and Sympathy: The Important Difference. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 22 (4):257-266.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
William Edelglass (2006). Levinas on Suffering and Compassion. Sophia 45 (2):43-59.
Margreet van der Cingel (2009). Compassion and Professional Care: Exploring the Domain. Nursing Philosophy 10 (2):124-136.
Mark E. Jonas (2010). When Teachers Must Let Education Hurt: Rousseau and Nietzsche on Compassion and the Educational Value of Suffering. Journal of Philosophy of Education 44 (1):45-60.
Antoine Panaioti (2012). Nietzsche and Buddhist Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Elisabeth J. Porter (2006). Can Politics Practice Compassion? Hypatia 21 (4):97-123.
Berel Dov Lerner (2000). Interfering with Divinely Imposed Suffering. Religious Studies 36 (1):95-102.
Richard Boyd (2004). Pity's Pathologies Portrayed: Rousseau and the Limits of Democratic Compassion. Political Theory 32 (4):519-546.
Trudy C. Conway (2001). Compassion. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 8 (1):1-6.
Richard White (2008). Rousseau and the Education of Compassion. Journal of Philosophy of Education 42 (1):35-48.
Patricia Walsh-Frank (1996). Compassion: An East-West Comparison. Asian Philosophy 6 (1):5 – 16.
Andrew Chignell (2001). Infant Suffering Revisited. Religious Studies 37 (4):475-484.
Richard White (2012). Levinas, the Philosophy of Suffering, and the Ethics of Compassion. Heythrop Journal 53 (1):111-123.
Michelle Westermann-Behaylo, Harry J. van Buren Iii & Shawn L. Berman (2011). Towards an Organizational View of Genuine Compassion. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 22:111-122.
Luc Boltanski (1999). Distant Suffering: Morality, Media, and Politics. Cambridge University Press.
Roger Crisp (2008). Compassion and Beyond. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (3):233 - 246.
Added to index2010-10-05
Total downloads68 ( #23,517 of 1,102,046 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #68,255 of 1,102,046 )
How can I increase my downloads?