The Power of Sympathy: Politics and Moral Sentimentalism

by Howard Burton (Author)
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Michael Frazer, Senior Lecturer in Political and Social Theory at the University of East Anglia. After a detailed discussion of Michael Frazer’s upbringing and intellectual journey, the conversation explores the core ideas behind the sentimentalist theory as outlined in Prof. Frazer’s book called The Enlightenment of Sympathy.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, More Than Reasonable, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. New York Origins - A very Woody Allen beginning
II. Sympathy - And how to use it
III. Different Tracks - Hume, Smith and Herder
IV. Disciplinary Boundaries - Political philosophy as Kurdistan
V. Bringing It Home - Moral sentiments in the real world

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Publication date
March 31, 2021
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