Kinesthetic Empathy, Dance, and Technology

Andrew J. Corsa
Lynn University
I argue that when we use email, text messaging, or social media websites such as Facebook to interact, rather than communicating face-to-face, we do not experience the best kind of empathy, which is most conducive to experiencing benevolence for others. My arguments rely on drawing interdisciplinary connections between sources: early modern accounts of sympathy, dance theory, philosophy of technology, and neuroscience/psychology. I reflect on theories from these disciplines which, taken together, suggest that to empathize optimally, we must see or hear each other’s bodily gestures, vocal intonations, and facial expressions.
Keywords Benevolence  Mirror neurons  Gesture  Empathy  Social Media  David Hume  Interdisciplinarity  John Martin  Modern Dance  Kinesthetic Empathy
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