Empathy has for a long time, at least since the eighteenth century,
been seen as centrally important in relation to our capacity to
gain a grasp of the content of other people's minds, and predict
and explain what they will think, feel, and do; and in relation to
our capacity to respond to others ethically. In addition, empathy
is seen as having a central role in aesthetics, in the
understanding of our engagement with works of art and with
fictional characters. A fuller understanding of empathy is now
offered by the interaction of research in science and the
humanities. Empathy: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives
draws together nineteen original chapters by leading researchers
across several disciplines, together with an extensive Introduction
by the editors. The individual chapters reveal how important it is,
in a wide range of fields of enquiry, to bring to bear an
understanding of the role of empathy in its various guises. This
volume offers the ideal starting-point for the exploration of this
intriguing aspect of human life.
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