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Matravers, Derek (2017). Empathy. Key Concepts in Philosophy. Cambridge: Polity Press.

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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 what their thoughts and emotions.

In his 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 mind, the emotions and aeshetics, and in ethics.

Empathy is an ideal introduction to one of the most absorbing contemporary philosophical debates.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2017 Derek Matravers
ISBN: 0-7456-7075-X, 978-0-7456-7075-1
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Sympathy and Its Reflections in HistoryNot SetThe British Academy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 48463
Depositing User: Derek Matravers
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 16:49
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:49
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