1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy

Edited By Heidi Maibom Copyright 2017
    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    410 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction Heidi 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.



    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.

    "One might assume that the study of empathy would belong to the province of psychology, with its focus on humans' emotional approaches to situations. This comprehensive and richly informative handbook proves that such an assumption would be in error. Edited by a philosopher with a longstanding interest in empathy, this work brings together a number of contemporary philosophers’ perspectives on the subject. ... An important addition to any philosophy and psychology collection. Summing Up: Essential." - R. R. Cornelius, CHOICE

    "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

    "Overall, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy is fully recommended to all those who aims at pursuing their own research on empathy and on any of the related topics. Suggestions for further and highly specialized reading will be found all over the book as well as in the introduction. The best quality of this book is that it discusses its main topics in all the relevant aspects, bringing together foundational and the newest trends in the philosophy of empathy. Moreover, I would highly recommend this book to the layman brought to it by personal curiosity concerning the charming ad complex phenomena of empathy." - Flavia Felletti, PhD Researcher, University of Duisburg-Essen