I Am You: The Hermeneutics of Empathy in Western Literature, Theology and Art (Princeton Legacy Library)

I Am You: The Hermeneutics of Empathy in Western Literature, Theology and Art (Princeton Legacy Library)


Important developments in modern highbrow existence rejoice distinction, divisiveness, and contrast. Speculative writing more and more highlights "hermeneutic gaps" among people, their histories, and their hopes. during this e-book Karl Morrison identifies an alternative choice to this disruption. He explores for the 1st time the total legacy of inspiration revolving round the not easy declare "I am you"--perhaps the main concise attainable assertion of bonding via empathy. Professor Morrison indicates that the wish for thoroughgoing knowing and inclusion in another's international view is relevant to the West's moral/intellectual culture. He keeps that the West may perhaps but break out the deadly flaw of casting that desire in paradigms of sexual and aesthetic dominance--examples of empathetic participation encouraged by way of starvation for energy, in addition to through love.

The writer makes use of diversified assets: in theology starting from Augustine to Schleiermacher, in paintings from the non secular artwork of the Christian Empire to post-Abstractionism, and in literature from Donne to Joyce, Pirandello, and Mann. during this paintings he builds at the considered previous books: culture and Authority within the Western Church: 300-1140 (Princeton, 1969) and The Mimetic culture of Reform within the West (Princeton, 1982). "I Am You" is going past their issues to the inward act that, in keeping with culture, consummated the switch accomplished by way of mimesis: particularly, empathetic participation.

Originally released in 1988.

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