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Edith Stein’s Phenomenology of Empathy and Medical Ethics
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
2018 (English)In: Empathy, Sociality and Personhood: Essays on Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Investigations / [ed] Elisa Magri & Dermot Moran, Dordrecht: Springer, 2018, 1, p. 161-175Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In On the Problem of Empathy Edith Stein claims empathy to be a three-step process in which the experiences of the other person (1.) emerge to me as meaningful in my perception of her, I then (2.) fulfil an explication of these experiences by following them through in an imaginative account guided by her, in order to (3.) return to a more comprehensive understanding of the experiences of the other person. Stein obviously intends the phenomenon of empathy to be importantly related to (A.) the project of getting to know more about the experiential world of the other person, as well as (B.) the project of developing an ethics centred around the notion of spirit (Geist) and personhood. Although it is debatable whether Stein actually succeeds in fully realizing either of these aims in her book, in this chapterI intend to explore how the Steinian theory of empathy could serve both as an experientially based anchoring point of medical epistemology and as a founding ground for medical ethics. Empathy is an apt starting point for medical ethics in that it acknowledges that moral reflection begins in experiencing the suffering of a person, who is in need of help, a starting point that also connects to the question of which capabilities (virtues) a good doctor (health care professional) needs to embody. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer, 2018, 1. p. 161-175
Series
Contributions To Phenomenology, ISSN 0923-9545, E-ISSN 2215-1915 ; 94
Keywords [en]
Edith Stein, phenomenology, empathy, sympathy, medical ethics, emotion, lived body, dialogue, care
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37060DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-71096-9_9ISBN: 978-3-319-71095-2 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-71096-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37060DiVA, id: diva2:1273042
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved

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