What is the Object of an Empathetic Emotion?

Matravers, Derek (2018). What is the Object of an Empathetic Emotion? In: Matravers, Derek and Waldon, Anik eds. Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Challenges. New York: Routledge.

Abstract

This paper poses a problem for the standard model of empathy: what is the object of the empathic emotion? It seems it can be neither the target of empathy (the emotion is not felt for him or her) nor the object of the target's emotion.

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