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Empathy and Emotional Coexperiencing in the Aesthetic Experience

Journal: Horizon. Studies in Phenomenology (Vol.9, No. 2)

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Page : 495-512

Keywords : empathy; aesthetic experience; aesthetic value; emotional coexperiencing; personal values; psychology; phenomenology; Edith Stein; Roman Ingarden;

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After briefly remarking on previous treatments of empathy in the philosophical and psychological literature, I outline Stein's treatment of this concept in On the Problem of Empathy and Philosophy of Psychology and the Humanities, illustrating the problematic breadth of her application of the term ‘empathy,' a breadth that Stein herself calls to our attention. After a brief discussion of Stein's treatment of empathy and the experience of value, I turn to certain features of Roman Ingarden's analyses of aesthetic experience found in The Literary Work of Art and The Cognition of the Work of Art that deal with what he refers to as the reader's ‘emotional coexperience' of situations and events represented in the work of art. I conclude by comparing Stein's account of empathy with Ingarden's account of aesthetic experience, both of which deal at length with the subjective activities of “feeling with” and emotional coexperience.

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