Sympathy as the Basis of Compassion
Welie, Jos V.M.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1995 Fall; 4(4): 476-487.
Postmodern libertarianism and its underlying black-box anthropology are at odds with the moral of the parable of the Good Samaritan. The moral virtue of compassion presumes an anthropology of sympathy. It presumes that human beings are in fact able to share in one another's "passions," develop an intersubjective rapport, assess and evaluate another's best interests, and, on that basis, act beneficently.
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