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[Revised entry by Karsten Stueber on June 27, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of empathy is used to refer to a wide range of psychological capacities that are thought of as being central for constituting humans as social creatures allowing us to know what other people are thinking and feeling, to emotionally engage with them, to share their thoughts and feelings, and to care for their well - being. Ever since the eighteenth century, due particularly to the influence of the writings of David Hume and Adam Smith, those capacities have been at the center of scholarly investigations into...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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