Dialogues in Philosophy
Mental and Neuro Sciences

Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences

The official journal of Crossing Dialogues
Volume 12, Issue 2 (December 2019)


The hermeneutic complexity of therapeutic empathy
Massimiliano Aragona
In the first part the human development at several levels of mutual understanding during growth are described, ending in what we commonly call empathy (intended as putting oneself in the other’s shoes). In the second part it is shown that empathy in general, and therapeutic empathy in particular, are not just emotional intuitions but they are parts of a more complex hermeneutic process involving both affective and cognitive processes.
Finally, therapeutic empathy is described as a complex phenomenon in which several interacting parts can be and should be differentiated. It is stressed that in the technical use of empathy we must be aware of its parts and of how they interplay.
empathy, hermeneutics, phenomenology, psychopathology
Dial Phil Ment Neuro Sci 2019; 12(2): 75-76
Received on December 04, 2019
Accepted on December 18, 2019
Firstly published online on December 30, 201