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ERIC Number: EJ924470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Empathy as Intersubjectivity: Resolving Hume and Smith's Divide
Schertz, Matthew Victor
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v26 n2 p165-178 Mar 2007
Although empathy is arguably an important factor to consider in moral education, the concept itself has consistently stood on tenuous ground. In this essay, I claim that our adherence to ontological dualism and discrete subjectivity have problematized our comprehension of empathy. I propose that our understanding is limited by our understanding of selfhood. If the self were defined as intersubjective, along the lines of Merleau-Ponty, then empathy's ambiguities would dissipate. After reconceptualizing empathy in light of intersubjectivity, I call for pedagogical relations that are aligned with developmental research, which provides further support for adhering to an alternative conception of the phenomenon.
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Language: English
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