Ethics and Education 2 (1):61-72 (2007)

Authors
Mark Coeckelbergh
University of Vienna
Abstract
According to an influential view, empathy has, and should have, a role in ethics, but it is by no means clear what is meant by 'empathy', and why exactly it is supposed to be morally good. Recently, Peter Goldie has challenged that view. He shows how problematic empathy is, and argues that taking an external perspective is morally superior: we should focus on the other, rather than ourselves. But this argument is misguided in several ways. If we consider conversation, there is no need to see an opposition between a focus on the other and on ourselves. I propose to shift the perspective of the discussion towards the needs of those who are supposed to benefit from empathy, and to study how people communicate their imaginative processes towards their receivers. I end with an exploration of theoretical resources for an account of mutual perspective- shifting
Keywords Empathy  Perspective-shifting  Care  Goldie  Nussbaum  Habermas
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/17449640701300259
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,404
External links

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

View all 24 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Empathy, Sympathy, Justice and the Child.Kristja´N. Kristja´Nsson * - 2004 - Journal of Moral Education 33 (3):291-305.
Similarity Versus Familiarity: When Empathy Becomes Selfish.Elias L. Khalil - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (1):41-41.
How Automatic and Representational is Empathy, and Why.Martin L. Hoffman - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (1):38-39.
Being With.Stephen Darwall - 2011 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):4–24.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-07-12

Total views
72 ( #148,832 of 2,448,958 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #141,638 of 2,448,958 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes