Abstract

Val Plumwood urged us to attend to earth others in non-dualistic ways. In this essay I suggest that such attention be promoted through what I call "engaged empathy." Engaged empathy involves critical attention to the conditions that undermine the well being or flourishing of those to whom empathy is directed and this requires moral agents to attend to things they might not have otherwise. Engaged empathy requires gaining wisdom and perspective and, importantly, motivates the empathizer to act ethically.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-5306
Print ISSN
1085-6633
Pages
pp. 23-38
Launched on MUSE
2009-12-09
Open Access
No
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