Article ID: CBB719738869

Empathy: a case study in the historical epistemology of psychiatry (2023)


Ivana S Marková (Author)

History of Psychiatry
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
Pages: 273-286
Publication date: 2023
Language: English

The hybrid constitution of psychiatry carries important implications for understanding the discipline and the legitimacy of its research approaches. One implication concerns the central role of concepts in forming the knowledge base of psychiatry. Because of this, it is vital to explore the structures and interrelationships of concepts through their historical constitution. Using this approach to compare concepts of empathy as articulated by R Vischer, T Lipps and E Stein shows that, despite overlap, the concepts vary in structure, in meaning and in the aspect of reality they capture. This suggests that the concept of empathy carries an unstable ontology and epistemology. In turn, this carries implications for the concept itself, for psychiatry and for research approaches in this field.

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Authors & Contributors
Aragona, Massimiliano
Arievitch, Igor M.
Ayres, José Ricardo de Carvalho Mesquita
Basso, Elisabetta
Borghi, Luca
Davidson, Arnold Ira
History of Psychiatry
History of Psychology
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Engineering Studies
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Franco Angeli
Harvard University Press
Yale University Press
Lipps, Theodor
Binswanger, Ludwig
Freud, Sigmund
Galperin, Piotr Yakovlevitch
Heidegger, Martin
Husserl, Edmund
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
United States
London (England)
United Kingdom

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