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A Rumor of Empathy

Rewriting Empathy in the Context of Philosophy

Authors: Agosta, L.

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A rumor of empathy in vicarious receptivity, understanding, interpretation, narrative, and empathic intersubjectivity becomes the scandal of empathy in Lipps and Strachey. Yet when all the philosophical arguments and categories are complete and all the hermeneutic circles spun out, we are quite simply in the presence of another human being.

About the authors

Lou Agosta teaches Empathy in the History and Systems of Philosophy and Psychology at Argosy University, USA. He is the author of Empathy in the Context of Philosophy on a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to empathy. See www.aRumorOfEmpathy.com.

Reviews

"Lou Agosta has written a delightful and much needed book on the evolution and genesis of the idea of empathy. His deep appreciation and understanding of the writings of Hume, Kant, Lipps, Freud, Scheler and Husserl allows him to recognize, explore and ultimately fashion a wonderfully clear and practical notion of empathy, one in which we not only come to know the other as we listen with care, understand with insight, and interpret with feeling, but also one in which we learn to communicate openly and respond with humanity. In bringing together the skills of the philosopher and the experience of the psychotherapist, Lou Agosta helps us to understand the steady rise of empathy and why it informs and inspires so many modern-day disciplines and professional practices. For all those wishing to revel in empathy's rich provenance, this is the book for you." - David Howe, Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK and author of Empathy: What It Is and Why It Matters

"A Rumor of Empathy is a masterpiece of philosophical-historical scholarship, presenting a rich and comprehensive account of the explicit and implicit conceptions of empathy that have appeared in the course of Western thinking from Hume through Kant, Lipps, Freud, and contemporary phenomenologists, both philosophical and psychoanalytic. Husserl's rewriting of his own publishing position as empathy shifts to the foundation of intersubjectivity is particularly eye opening. This book will be a valuable resource not only for scholars in philosophy, psychology and the human sciences, but for practitioners of psychoanalytic and humanistic psychotherapy as well." Robert D. Stolorow, author of World, Affectivity, Trauma: Post-Cartesian Philosophy

"An insightful and provocative exploration of a topic that has only begun to receive the attention it deserves and the conceptual clarity needed for proper understanding. Agosta's study of empathy is rich in historical context and thorough in covering the intersections of philosophy and psychology on the question of empathy. The deep history of a rumor of empathy in Hume, Kant, Lipps, Scheler, Stein, and Husserl is innovative and disruptive, the latter in a positive sense. Agosta rightly, in my view, finds in Husserl a primary vehicle for advancing the discussion, yet he has his own voice and sense of how to think it through. An impressive achievement." - Lawrence J. Hatab, Louis I. Jaffe Professor of Philosophy, Old Dominion University, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Rewriting the Definition of Empathy

    Agosta, Lou

    Pages 1-8

  • A Rumor of Empathy in Hume’s Many Uses of Sympathy

    Agosta, Lou

    Pages 9-30

  • A Rumor of Empathy in Kant

    Agosta, Lou

    Pages 31-52

  • From a Rumor of Empathy to a Scandal of Empathy in Lipps

    Agosta, Lou

    Pages 53-65

  • Rewriting Empathy in Freud

    Agosta, Lou

    Pages 66-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Rumor of Empathy
Book Subtitle
Rewriting Empathy in the Context of Philosophy
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46534-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137465344
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49258-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50462-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 134
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