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A rumor of empathy in vicarious receptivity, knowing, interpretation, narrative, and empathic intersubjectivity turns into the scandal of empathy in Lipps and Strachey. but whilst the entire philosophical arguments and different types are whole and all of the hermeneutic circles spun out, we're readily within the presence of one other individual.

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A Rumor of Empathy: Rewriting Empathy in the Context of Philosophy

A rumor of empathy in vicarious receptivity, knowing, interpretation, narrative, and empathic intersubjectivity turns into the scandal of empathy in Lipps and Strachey. but while all of the philosophical arguments and different types are whole and all of the hermeneutic circles spun out, we're effectively within the presence of one other man or woman.

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But notwithstanding this variation in our sympathy, we give the same approbation to the same moral qualities in China as in England. (1739: 580–581) Is this then a counter-example to the possibility of founding a morality of sympathy? Is this a contradiction? Hume provides two answers, which is perhaps a clue that he is a tad uncertain. Both of Hume’s answers reduce the scope of sympathy, though they buttress morality. First, Hume rejects the alleged counter-example as incomplete. The variability of an individual’s sympathy and the invariability of the moral esteem are reconciled by a general observer.

In looking the other in the face, in the eyes, what is one trying to accomplish? One is trying to gauge what he or she is experiencing in relation to oneself in the moment. Authentic happiness at meeting one? Duping delight (Ekman 1985) at deceiving one about the used car one is about to buy from him or her? Disguised contempt at one’s ethnical background? A guilty secret? This “search[ing] out what one can expect” is a kind of vicarious experience that determines whether we will trust the other or not.

The experience of respect at the kernel of one’s contingent vicarious experiences of the other as possibility shifts the encounter with the other from an empirical to an a priori one. Evidence of the a priori givenness of the other individual exists for Kant as the respect that one experiences in the presence of the other person as an example of the moral law. Can the feeling of respect become a ladder which, once ascended, is thrown away, creating a logical space to reconstruct a non-moral yet a priori account of empathy with the other?

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