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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy

Edited by Heidi Maibom

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About the Book

Empathy plays a central role in the history and contemporary study of ethics, interpersonal understanding, and the emotions, yet until now has been relatively underexplored. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting field and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six parts:

  • Core issues
  • History of empathy
  • Empathy and understanding
  • Empathy and morals
  • Empathy in art and aesthetics
  • Empathy and individual differences.

Within these sections central topics and problems are examined, including: empathy and imagination; neuroscience; David Hume and Adam Smith; understanding; evolution; altruism; moral responsibility; art, aesthetics, and literature; gender; empathy and related disciplines such as anthropology.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, particularly ethics and philosophy of mind and psychology, the Handbook will also be of interest to those in related fields, such as anthropology and social psychology.

Reviews

"This Handbook helps focus the debate on what empathy is, how it is instantiated, what are its determinants, and how it functions and evolved in the human mind. Some chapters will be uncontentious, and others highly contentious, and that is as it should be if it is to spark discussion and advance the scholarship of empathy as a natural resource for critical social challenges including conflict resolution." - Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge, UK

"This is a very impressive collection of new essays: wide-ranging, lively, imaginative, and comprehensive. It promises to be an essential resource for scholars and students." - James Harold, Mount Holyoke College, USA

"A necessary resource for anyone interested in empathy, whether they are a seasoned investigator or a student coming to the topic for the first time. The book offers a comprehensive overview of current work on empathy from a wide range of perspectives. It furnishes insights into empathy and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, psychopathology, gender, film, painting, music, literature, empathic accuracy, and other crucial areas. I am truly excited about this book." - Nancy E. Snow, University of Oklahoma, USA

Table of Contents

IntroductionHeidi L. Maibom

Part 1: Core Issues

1. Cognitive Empathy Shannon Spaulding

2. Affective empathy Heidi L. Maibom

3. Empathy, phenomenology, and mindreading Dan Zahavi

4. The neuroscience of empathy Christine Cong Guo

5. Empathy and mirror neurons Remy Debes

6. The evolution of empathy Armin Schulz

Part 2: History of Empathy

7. Empathy in the aesthetic tradition Derek Matravers

8. Empathy in the phenomenological tradition James Jardine & Thomas Szanto

9. Empathy in Hume & Smith Imola Ilyes

10. Empathy in 20th Century psychology Mark Davis

11. Empathy, compassion, and "exchanging self and other" in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism Emily McRae

Part 3: Empathy and Understanding

12. Empathy and understanding reasons Karsten Stueber

13. Empathy and knowing "what it’s like" Ian Ravenscroft

14. Empathy and direct perception theories Shaun Gallagher

15. Empathy and intersubjectivity Josh May

16. Empathy and imagination Adam Morton

17. Empathy and understanding mental illness Matthew Ratcliffe

Part 4: Empathy and Morals

18. Empathy and altruism Thomas Schramme

19. Empathy and moral judgment Antti Kaupinnen

20. Empathy and moral motivation Alison Denham

21. Empathy and moral responsibility David Shoemaker

22. Empathy and legal responsibility Ishtiyaque Haji

23. Empathy and care ethics Maurice Hamington

24. Empathy and medical treatment Per Nortvedt

Part 5: Empathy in Art and Aesthetics

25. Empathy and visual art Noël Carroll

26. Empathy in music Jenefer Robinson

27. Empathy in literature Eileen John

28. Empathy in film Jane Stadler

29. Empathy and imaginative resistance Kathleen Stock

Part 6: Empathy and Individual Differences

30. Empathy across cultures Douglas Hollan

31. Empathic accuracy William Ickes & Vivian P. Ta

32. Empathy and psychopathology Jeanette Kennett

33. Gender and empathy Robyn Bluhm.

Index

About the Editor

Heidi L. Maibom is Professor of Philosophy at University of Cincinnati, USA. She works on empathy, psychopathology, responsibility, and theory of mind. She has edited Empathy and Morality (2014), co-edited Neurofeminism with R. Bluhm and A.J. Jacobsen (2012), and is currently writing a book on perspective taking.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General