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Nature of Sympathy

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ISBN-10: 1412806879

ISBN-13: 9781412806879

Edition: 2008

Authors: Max Scheler, Peter Heath, Werner Stark, Graham McAleer

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The Nature of Sympathy explores, at different levels, the social emotions of fellow-feeling, the sense of identity, love and hatred, and traces their relationship to one another and to the values with which they are associated. Scheler criticizes other writers, from Adam Smith to Freud, who have argued that the sympathetic emotions derive from self-interested feelings or instincts. He reviews the evaluations of love and sympathy current in different historical periods and in different social and religious environments, and concludes by outlining a theory of fellow-feeling as the primary source of our knowledge of one another.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Editor's Preface
Editor's Introduction
Introductory Note to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Translator's Note
Introduction to the Transaction Edition
The 'Ethics of Sympathy'
Classification of the Phenomena of Fellow-Feeling
Community of feeling
Emotional infection
Emotional identification
Genetic Theories of Fellow-Feeling
Metaphysical Theories
Schopenhauer's theory
The scope of metaphysical theories in general
The treatment of love in metaphysical monism
The sense of identity and metaphysics
The unity of life
The Sense of Unity with the Cosmos in Some Representative Temperaments of the Past
Sympathy and its Laws of Dependence
The Interaction of the Sympathetic Functions
The Phylogenetic Origin and Extension of Fellow-Feeling
Pity and Rejoicing and Their Typical Modes
The Moral Value of Fellow-Feeling
The Relationship of Love and Fellow-Feeling
Love and Hatred
Towards a Phenomenology of Love and Hatred
Negative considerations
Positive delineation of the phenomena
Basic Values of Love and the 'Love of Goodness'
Love and Personality
The Forms, Modes and Kinds of Love and Hatred
The Limitations of the Naturalistic Theory of Love
A Critique of the Naturalistic Theory and Outline of a Theory Based on the Phenomena
Love and instinct
The facts concerning the 'perspective of interests'
The problem of 'transference'
The parallel extension of love and hatred
Freud's ontogenetic theory
Other Minds
Nature and Scope of the Problems
The General Evidence for the 'Thou'
The Perception of Other Minds
Index of Subjects
Index of Names