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Conversations on Empathy: Interdisciplinary perspectives on imagination and radical othering

Mezzenzana, Francesca and Peluso, Daniela M., eds. (2023) Conversations on Empathy: Interdisciplinary perspectives on imagination and radical othering. Anthropology and Religion . Routledge, London, UK, 316 pp. ISBN 978-1-03-201915-4. E-ISBN 978-1-00-318997-8. (doi:10.4324/9781003189978) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:93624)

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Abstract

In the aftermath of a global pandemic, amidst new and ongoing wars, genocide, inequality, and staggering ecological collapse, some in the public and political arena have argued that we are in desperate need of greater empathy — be this with our neighbours, refugees, war victims, the vulnerable or disappearing animal and plant species. This interdisciplinary volume asks the crucial questions: How does a better understanding of empathy contribute, if at all, to our understanding of others? How is it implicated in the ways we perceive, understand and constitute others as subjects? Conversations on Empathy examines how empathy might be enacted and experienced either as a way to highlight forms of otherness or, instead, to overcome what might otherwise appear to be irreducible differences It explores the ways in which empathy enables us to understand, imagine and create sameness and otherness in our everyday intersubjective encounters focusing on a varied range of "radical others" – others who are perceived as being dramatically different from oneself. With a focus on the importance of empathy to understand difference, the book contends that the role of empathy is critical, now more than ever, for thinking about local and global challenges of interconnectedness, care and justice.

Item Type: Edited book
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781003189978
Uncontrolled keywords: empathy, radical othering, imagination, ontology, phenomenology, imagination, sympathy, psychology, mirror neurons, autism, film, animal behaviour, robotics, cultural studies, philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF51 Psychology and Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF575.E55 Empathy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Daniela Peluso
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 11:24 UTC
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 16:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/93624 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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