Gurmin, John Haydn
Edith Stein and Tania Singer: A Comparison of Phenomenological and Neurological Approaches to the 'Problem of Empathy'.
Maynooth Philosophical Papers (4).
This paper compares Edith Steinâs phenomenological approach to empathy in On the Problem of
Empathy (1917) with that of more recent neurological explanations of empathy, broadly
exemplified by Tania Singerâs (2006) work. Given that we are dealing with two different
methodologies that reflect the general debate that exists between phenomenology and natural
science (neurology), a consideration of âmethodâ will be discussed prior to our comparative
analysis of Stein and Singerâs account of empathy. In conclusion, we argue that Steinâs
phenomenological understanding of empathy provides the most comprehensive description of the
act of empathy to date for neurologists to âreflectâ on.
||Edith Stein; Tania Singer; Phenomenological; Neurological; Problem of Empathy;
||Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy > Philosophy
John Haydn Gurmin
||20 May 2008
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