philosophy _ happiness paper .pdf - Edith Stein According to Stein in order to understand empathy for someone else we must transport our living body to

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Edith Stein According to Stein, in order to understand empathy for someone else, we must transport our living body to their physical body. The phenomenological reduction states that in order to understand an object, you must forget about all the facts you about the object. Given the chair as an example, you may have a different interpretation of the object if you view the chair at many different angles. However, this method does not does apply to empathy. She provided an example of her grieving over the loss of a love one, however she is unable to use this reduction to truly understand her friend’s pain. She delineates the basic difference in nature between understanding an object and understanding the senses from another person. By knowing the difference, you view empathy as a subject not an object. In addition, her philosophy of empathy points out the distinction between the physical and living body. While physical body is used to perceived the object, the living body is the constant sense of embodiment given to you outside the sensory data. For example, one’s own living body, once the body is in motion, the relationship between the living body and physical body becomes possible. In terms of phenomenological reduction, the physical and living body are always together. Empathy is presented to a foreign individual by understanding the inner perception of the living body being the co-given with the outer body perception of physical body with the given individual. In order to form an empathetic representation, you must act as

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