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On the suffering of compassion
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
2011 (English)In: Philosophia (Ramat Gan), ISSN 0048-3893, E-ISSN 1574-9274, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 125-144Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Compassion is often described in terms of suffering. This paper investigates the nature of this suffering. It is argued that compassion involves suffering of a particular kind. To begin with a case is made for the negative claim that compassion does not involve an ordinary, or afflictive, suffering over something. Secondly, it is argued that the suffering of compassion is a suffering for someone else’s sake: If you feel compassion for another person, P, then you suffer over P:s suffering for P:s sake, and if that is all you do, then you are not affected with an afflictive suffering over something. The final section identifies and addresses a problem concerning self-pity, and a suggestion is made on how to specify the proposed account so as to cover both self-directed and other-directed compassion.

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Springer , 2011. Vol. 39, no 1, p. 125-144
Keywords [en]
Compassion, Pity, Suffering, Empathy, Emotions
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Social Work
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Hälsa och välfärd, Lidande och medlidande
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5013DOI: 10.1007/s11406-010-9265-6ISI: 000286939000012OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:5013DiVA, id: diva2:520252
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Lidande och medlidandeAvailable from: 2010-10-18 Created: 2010-10-18 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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