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Attention and Empathy: anthropological significance and dynamics of dialogue

FIL 214   Attention and Empathy: anthropological significance and dynamics of dialogue

Class hours: 21

Credits (ECTS): 3

LM-OTSpecialization in Theology

Year: 2nd

Term: 3rd

LM-CUSpecialization in Communication Processes and Intercultural and Interreligious Mediation

Course held in Italian

The course proposes a reflective perspective on the ontological foundation of dialogue from its relational essence. In this way, we will look at the dialogical dynamic as a condition of possibility that is indispensable for an effective process of recognition of the other (and of oneself) not only at an interpersonal level but also – and starting from this – in relation to the Absolute. In order to develop this proposal, after a brief outline of the development of the problem of dialogue from the dawn of philosophy to its dialogical turn (M. Buber in particular), we will look more specifically at the concepts of “attention” and “empathy”, theoretical elements that are the cornerstones of the philosophical meditation of two great 20th century thinkers: Simone Weil and Edith Stein respectively. Attention and empathy also contain an original speculative proposal capable of offering theoretical and practical insights for a true culture of encounter and dialogue at different levels of society.

Bibliographical references:

  • BUBER M., Il principio dialogico e altri saggi, San Paolo Edizioni, Cinisello Balsamo 2011.
  • STEIN E., Il problema dell’empatia, Edizioni Studium, Roma 2014.
  • WEIL S., stralci tratti da: Œuvres Complètes I : Premiers écrits philosophiques, Gallimard, Paris 1988; Quaderni (Volume 1), Adelphi, Milano 2004; Quaderni (Volume 2), Adelphi, Milano 1997; Quaderni (Volume 3), Adelphi, Milano 2006; Quaderni (Volume 4), Adelphi, Milano 2005; Attesa di Dio, Adelphi 2008; La persona e il sacro, Adelphi, Milano 2012.

Professor Noemi Sanches

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