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The Banality of Empathy

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    I've been thinking a lot about empathy with respect to identity politics for the past couple months, so I found this article an interesting challenge to my current thinking, which is more aligned...

    I've been thinking a lot about empathy with respect to identity politics for the past couple months, so I found this article an interesting challenge to my current thinking, which is more aligned with Adam Smith and, as Stephen Pinker puts it, "One of the greatest epiphanies of the Enlightenment: that people are equipped with a capacity for sympathetic imagination, which allows them to appreciate the suffering of sentient beings unlike them."

    This article challenges the concepts of cognitive and emotional empathy as a good thing exploring these themes in contemporary art (Bandersnatch, The Vanishing Point, Against Empathy, etc) and their philosophical underpinnings, concluding with a review of Violet Allen's “The Venus Effect” story.