0151. EMPATHY AND ITS PROBLEMS PART 1
1:00 - 3:00 pm Fridays, September 10 - October 8
EMPATHY AND ITS PROBLEMS PART 1
Recent work in the study of empathy has taken place across multiple disciplines that include neuroscience, social psychology, developmental psychology, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, evolutionary science, and narrative studies. In this course, we will examine the phenomenon called empathy through each of these lenses. Beginning with groundbreaking work in evolutionary science, this course will seek to define the many facets of empathy while also examining its limits and problems. Literary works with such authors as Homer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Douglass, Turgenev, Faulkner, Orwell, Dickens and others will be used as frameworks for exploring the challenges of empathy. We will begin with Frans De Waal’s Primates and Philosophers. Other materials will be distributed in the first session.
About The Lecturer
John Lutz is Professor of English who also oversees a university Division of Humanities which houses English, Philosophy, and Foreign Language. In addition, he has led numerous initiatives such as College 101, Learning Communities, Freshman Orientation, Strategic Planning, and Outcomes Assessment. Dr. Lutz has also published numerous scholarly articles on both philosophy and literature and has won awards for his outstanding teaching.