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Empathy and its Limits

  • Aleida Assmann
  • Ines Detmers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Aleida Assmann, Ines Detmers
      Pages 1-17
  3. The Politics of Empathy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Steven E. Aschheim
      Pages 21-37
    3. Shelley Berlowitz
      Pages 38-51
  4. Changes in Historical Sensibility

  5. Ethical Issues

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-219

About this book


This volume extends the theoretical scope of the important concept of empathy by analysing not only the cultural contexts that foster the generating of empathy, but in focusing also on the limits of pro-social feelings and the mechanisms that lead to its blocking.


Empathy compassion pity sympathy evolution cognition emotions imagination art trauma attention spectator witnessing Holocaust media ethics recognition difference similarity indifference emotion empathy feelings Germany memory Nation politics society

Editors and affiliations

  • Aleida Assmann
    • 1
  • Ines Detmers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KonstanzGermany

About the editors

Steven E. Aschheim, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Jan Assmann, University of Konstanz, Germany Shelley Berlowitz, University of Konstanz, Germany Fritz Breithaupt, Indiana University, USA Ute Frevert, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA Amos Goldberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Sophie Oliver, University of London, UK Jacqueline Lo, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australia Jay Winter, Yale University, USA

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