The Poetics of Intersubjective Life: Empathy And The Other


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Abstract

This article offers a phenomenological description of an empathic way of being. The dialogical structure that emerges illuminates the invocation of a dance between two that folds back on itself and duplicates the coupling in the very depths of one. Subject and other are paired in an intertwining of their similarities, as well as their differences. Philosophical and psychological implications are then drawn from the description of this phenomenon. In particular, it will be shown that an empathic presence opens the subject to a variety of ways of knowing another person. And these different ways of knowing are embodied in the concrete vicissitudes of the feelings, memories, imaginings, and/or bodily enactments brought forth by the subject's encounter with the other.

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