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    Edith Stein and Tania Singer: A Comparison of Phenomenological and Neurological Approaches to the 'Problem of Empathy'


    Gurmin, John Haydn (2007) Edith Stein and Tania Singer: A Comparison of Phenomenological and Neurological Approaches to the 'Problem of Empathy'. Maynooth Philosophical Papers (4). pp. 99-122.

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    Abstract

    This paper compares Edith Stein’s phenomenological approach to empathy in On the Problem of Empathy (1917) with that of more recent neurological explanations of empathy, broadly exemplified by Tania Singer’s (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 ‘method’ will be discussed prior to our comparative analysis of Stein and Singer’s account of empathy. In conclusion, we argue that Stein’s phenomenological understanding of empathy provides the most comprehensive description of the act of empathy to date for neurologists to ‘reflect’ on.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Edith Stein; Tania Singer; Phenomenological; Neurological; Problem of Empathy;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Item ID: 1003
    Depositing User: John Haydn Gurmin
    Date Deposited: 20 May 2008
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Philosophical Papers
    Publisher: Department of Philosophy NUIM
    Refereed: Yes
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