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Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology

Empathy

Epistemic Problems and Cultural-Historical Perspectives of a Cross-Disciplinary Concept

Editors: Lux, Vanessa, Weigel, Sigrid (Eds.)

  • Addresses the epistemic problems in empathy research resulting from its divers and cross-disciplinary cultural and conceptual history 
  • Discusses how the Mirror Neuron System is connected with emotions
  • Examines empathy in relation to interpersonal and social behaviour such as altruism or care giving
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This book digs into the complex archaeology of empathy illuminating controversies, epistemic problems and unanswered questions encapsulated within its cross-disciplinary history.
The authors ask how a neutral innate capacity to directly understand the actions and feelings of others becomes charged with emotion and moral values associated with altruism or caregiving. They explore how the discovery of the mirror neuron system and its interpretation as the neurobiological basis of empathy has stimulated such an enormous body of research and how in a number of these studies, the moral values and social attitudes underlying empathy in human perception and action are conceptualized as universal traits. It is argued that in the humanities the historical, cultural and scientific genealogies of empathy and its forerunners, such as Einfühlung, have been shown to depend on historical preconditions, cultural procedures, and symbolic systems of production.
The multiple semantics of empathy and related concepts are discussed in the context of their cultural and historical foundations, raising questions about these cross-disciplinary constellations. This volume will be of interest to scholars of psychology, art history, cultural research, history of science, literary studies, neuroscience, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

About the authors

Vanessa Lux is a research fellow at the Faculty of Psychology at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. From 2011 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin in research projects on epigenetics and neuropsychoanalysis. She is a member of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology.
Sigrid Weigel is a research scholar and former Director of the interdisciplinary Center for Literary and Culture Research in Berlin, an expert of Benjamin, Warburg, Heine, Freud, Arendt, Scholem et al. and has published on the cultural history of knowledge, images and European cultural history.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Heterogeneity of Empathy

    Weigel, Sigrid

    Pages 1-23

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  • Levels of Empathy – Primary, Extended, and Reiterated Empathy

    Fuchs, Thomas

    Pages 27-47

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  • Embodied Empathy – Clinical and Developmental Perspectives in Psychoanalysis

    Leuzinger-Bohleber, Marianne

    Pages 49-91

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  • Empathy and Other Minds – A Neuropsychoanalytic Perspective and a Clinical Vignette

    Solms, Mark

    Pages 93-114

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  • Measuring the Emotional Quality – Empathy and Sympathy in Empirical Psychology

    Lux, Vanessa

    Pages 115-138

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Empathy
Book Subtitle
Epistemic Problems and Cultural-Historical Perspectives of a Cross-Disciplinary Concept
Editors
  • Vanessa Lux
  • Sigrid Weigel
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51299-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51299-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51298-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 325
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
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