[SydPhil] CAVE Seminar: 20 October, Heidi Maibom (Cincinnati), "Reenactment, counterfactual reasoning, and empathy."

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Mon Oct 12 09:19:06 AEDT 2015

The Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics
(CAVE), has a seminar coming up by Heidi Maibom (Cincinnati). Heidi is
visiting CAVE as the keynote speaker for the* Perspectives on Empathy
coming up in November.

"Reenactment, counterfactual reasoning, and empathy."

Date: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: W3A 501 (Blackshield Room), Macquarie University

Perspective taking facilitates or has special powers to induce empathy. It
is tempting to assume that it is something about the recreative stance—its
subjectivity, the lividness of the thing—that has such special powers. But
there are reasons to think we don’t reenact, even in our own case when we
imagine something or other. What we do instead is that we think of what our
reaction ought to be. This now raises the question of how we explain the
special powers of perspective taking? What matters are a number of closely
related things: disengaging from own construal of the situation,
appreciating the possibility of multiple perspectives on the situation, and
getting to a level of description where one sees more clearly the
difficulty involved. What matters in perspective taking is not a
subjective, re-lived element, but a different construal of the situation.

All are welcome! No registration required.

The next CAVE Seminar: 3 November, Luke Russell (Sydney), "Forgiving under

Please contact Kelly at arts.cave at mq.edu.au if you'd like to be added to
our mailing list.

Have a great Monday!

Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
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