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Empathy (Paperback) (Derek Matravers)

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How can we understand another person?s feelings, thoughts, words, or behaviour? Through empathy, it is hoped, we might use our imaginations to shift our perspective into another person?s, thereby grasping their thoughts and emotions.

In this insightful new book, Derek Matravers negotiates the evolution of this fascinating concept. He explores the roots of the term in the work of David Hume and Adam Smith, its re-emergence in a new form in nineteenth-century German philosophy, and its resurgence as something different again in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. In doing so, he explores the important role ?empathy?, in all its forms, has played in the study of the mind, the emotions, aesthetics, and in ethics.

Empathy is an ideal introduction to one of the most absorbing contemporary philosophical debates. Students and scholars will find this volume a terrific resource for negotiating this difficult terrain, whether their interests lie in how we understand one other, or how we can better appreciate each other.

Number of Pages: 166
Genre: Philosophy
Series Title: Key Concepts in Philosophy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Author: Derek Matravers
Language: English
Street Date: March 13, 2017
TCIN: 51994905
UPC: 9780745670751
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-5354
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