9781501721649-150172164X-The Dark Sides of Empathy

The Dark Sides of Empathy

ISBN-13: 9781501721649
ISBN-10: 150172164X
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Breithaupt, Fritz
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781501721649
ISBN-10: 150172164X
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Breithaupt, Fritz
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages

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Acknowledged authors Breithaupt, Fritz wrote The Dark Sides of Empathy comprising 288 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 150172164X and 9781501721649. Since then The Dark Sides of Empathy textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 1.92 or rent at the marketplace.

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Many consider empathy to be the basis of moral action. However, the ability to empathize with others is also a prerequisite for deliberate acts of humiliation and cruelty. In The Dark Sides of Empathy, Fritz Breithaupt contends that people often commit atrocities not out of a failure of empathy but rather as a direct consequence of over-identification and a desire to increase empathy. Even well-meaning compassion can have many unintended consequences, such as intensifying conflicts or exploiting others.

Empathy plays a central part in a variety of highly problematic behaviors. From mere callousness to terrorism, exploitation to sadism, and emotional vampirism to stalking, empathy all too often motivates and promotes malicious acts. After tracing the development of empathy as an idea in German philosophy, Breithaupt looks at a wide-ranging series of case studies―from Stockholm syndrome to Angela Merkel's refugee policy and from novels of the romantic era to helicopter parents and murderous cheerleader moms―to uncover how narcissism, sadism, and dangerous celebrity obsessions alike find their roots in the quality that, arguably, most makes us human.

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