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Barbara Weber, Eva Marsal, Takara Dobashi (Eds.)
The Politics of Empathy
New Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an Ancient Phenomenon
Reihe: Politische Philosophie und Anthropologische Studien. Political Philosophy and Anthropological Studies
Bd. 1, 2011, 144 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-11061-9

This anthology explores the significance and role of empathy in the public sphere. It examines the use of empathy to establish trans -cultural solidarity as well as to motivate people for political action in our ever increasingly multicultural environment. On a more practical level it investigates if empathy can be taught or cultivated. And, if so, are literature or other forms of cultural representations the most adequate and promising methods. The contributions will analyze these and other implications, potentials and weaknesses of empathy on an interdisciplinary and intercultural level.

Barbara Weber, Assistant Professor for Political Philosophy at the University of Regensburg, Germany; editor and author of several books in the field of political philosophy, phenomenology and philosophy of education

Eva Marsal, Full Professor for Philosophy at the University of Education, Karlsruhe, Germany; editor and author of several books in the field of play, the concept of "person," Nietzsche, qualitative research methods and philosophy of education

Takara Dobashi Full Professor for Philosophy and Pedagogy at the University of Hiroshima, Japan; editor and author of several books in the field of the humanitarian idea; philosophy and the idea of Bildung in German classicism; hermeneutics of learning; pedagogical theory and practice of lifelong learning.

Dr. Barbara Weber ist Vertretungsprofessorin fuer Methodenlehre der Politikwissenschaft an der Universitat Regensburg.

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