Promises, Pedagogy and Pitfalls: Empathy’s Potential for Healing and Harm


Promises, Pedagogy and Pitfalls: Empathy’s Potential for Healing and Harm


Edited by Veronica Wain, Quanta Gauld and Pam Morrison

Format: eBook (PDF)

Year: 2016

This volume explores empathy’s potential for healing and harm, and its potency to effect change for good or ill, at inter-personal, ecological and global levels.

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The nature of empathy, its potential for healing and harm, and its potency to effect change for good or ill at inter-personal, ecological and global levels, are all factors explored within the pages of this interdisciplinary volume. These represented disciplines explore the physiological and philosophical roots of empathy, neurological factors, the question of human selfhood, notions of ‘wrong’ empathy, literary views, and the notion of teaching empathy.

Quanta Gauld, Pam Morrison and Veronica Wain

Part I Empathy: Scientific and Historical Perspectives

Empathy Development: Natural or Cultural?
Tatiana Karyagina

Adorno, Empathy and Action: A Neurological and Philosophical Investigation
Ben Fulman

Empathy and the Self: Reframing the Problem of Interpersonal Understanding
Annie Sandrussi

Part II The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

Empathy and Compassion: One and the Same?
Gavin Fairbairn

On the (Possible) Connection Between Empathy and Evil in Literature: Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw
Anna Lindhé

What with Sympathy for the Devil?: Playing with Wrong Empathy
Benjamin Van Tourhout

Part III Empathy and the Written Word

Empathic Representations of White Racists in Two Contemporary African American Novels
Paul Tewkesbury

The Role of Co-Journaling in Empathy through Terminal Illness
Pam Morrison

Disability, Empathy and Journalism
Lucy Reynolds

Part IV Teaching Empathy

The Capacity to Empathise as a Basis of Ethics. Educational Implications
Fiorenza Loiacono

Methodical Empathy: Empathy on the Cutting Edge of Evolution in the 21st Century – Seven stages of Empathy – Self Empathy can be Taught
Yehuda K. Tagar

Part V Empathy and Its Global Implications

Invoking Cross Cultural Empathy in Film: Process, Practice and Possibilities for Inspiring a Reimagining of Peace
Veronica Wain

Empathic Activism: Only the Radical Power of Empathy Can Save the World
Charles King

‘If You Talk, You Don’t Kill’: Empathic Imagination in the Classroom and on the World Stage
Alice Maher

Veronica Wain is an independent filmmaker, writer and academic, currently working in the Disability Sector in Australia. Her interests include creative writing, film and theatre production and exploring ethics within the disability sector.

Quanta Gauld is an artist and writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her primary research interests concern the ways that interactive sculpture can extend empathy beyond the human in the context of the ecological crisis.

Pam Morrison is a counsellor, supervisor and senior lecturer based in Dunedin, New Zealand. A former journalist and published author, she has a current research focus of empathy and metaphor in the context of terminal and chronic illness.