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HET EMPATHISCH TEVEEL

De Bezige Bij, 2017

Ignaas Devisch

At a time when social contradictions and social inequality are coming to the fore, there is a strong call for more empathy. From Barack Obama and Angela Merkel to Jesse Klaver – many consider the human ability to empathize with others as a driving force for moral action and an effective remedy against indifference.

But is empathy always good? At the level of personal relationships it is desirable, but empathy is not a panacea with which we can solve all social problems.
A certain indifference is desirable and sometimes even necessary.

In The Empathic Too Much, Ignaas Devisch takes the reader through the history of thinking about empathy, based on examples from the current social debate. He challenges us to think about our view of humanity: isn't there a villain in every person besides a friend?

9789023449812

192

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