Overcoming the Problems of ‘Difference’ in Education: Empathy as ‘Intercorporeality’
- Marjorie O'Loughlin
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In this paper I am concerned with the notion of empathy and its capacity for overcoming the problem of difference in social life. The concept of empathy has a long history in the Western philosophic tradition but has become discursively submerged in recent times. I am particularly interested in what philosophies of the body may contribute to our understanding of empathy. Psychoanalytic feminism provides some insights. However I identify Merleau-Ponty's conception of body-subject and the intersubjective encounter as offering a potentially more fruitful account of empathy.
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Studies in Philosophy and Education
Volume 17, Issue 4 , pp 283-293
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- 1. School of Social and Political Studies, University of Sydney, Australia