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Beyond Empathy for Pain

Abstract : Here we address four objections raised by Julien Deonna, John Michael, and Francesca Fardo against a recent account of empathy for pain (by Frédérique de Vignemont and Tania Singer and Vignemont and Pierre Jacob). First, to what extent must the empathizer share her target's affective state? Second, how can one interpret neuroscientific findings on vicarious pain in light of recent results challenging the notion of a pain matrix? Third, can one offer a simpler account of how empathy makes one aware of another's emotion? Finally, to what extent can this account of empathy for pain be generalized to empathy for emotions?
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Frédérique de Vignemont, Pierre Jacob. Beyond Empathy for Pain. Philosophy of Science, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 83 (3), pp.434-445. ⟨10.1086/685746⟩. ⟨ijn_03034062⟩



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