Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 283–293

Overcoming the Problems of ‘Difference’ in Education: Empathy as ‘Intercorporeality’

  • Marjorie O'Loughlin

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005143115036

Cite this article as:
O'Loughlin, M. Studies in Philosophy and Education (1998) 17: 283. doi:10.1023/A:1005143115036


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.

empathyintercultural communicationperspectiveintercorporeality

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjorie O'Loughlin
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social and Political StudiesUniversity of SydneyAustralia