Empathy and transformative experience without the first person point of view (a reply to L. A. Paul)1

Herman Cappelen* (Corresponding Author), Josh Dever

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In her very interesting ‘First-personal modes of presentation and the problem of empathy’ (2017, 315–336), L. A. Paul argues that the phenomenon of empathy gives us reason to care about the first person point of view: that as theorists we can only understand, and as humans only evince, empathy by appealing to that point of view. We are skeptics about the importance of the first person point of view, although not about empathy. The goal of this paper is to see if we can account for empathy without the ideology of the first person. We conclude that we can.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-336
Number of pages22
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Issue number3
Early online date9 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017



  • de se
  • Empathy
  • first person perspective
  • tranformative experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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