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Title: The 'New Compassion' in Ethical Discourse
Author(s): SLATTER, Mark
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 38    Issue: 1   Date: 2014   
Pages: 30-54
DOI: 10.2143/LS.38.1.3064550

Abstract :
The overall aim of this article is to critically differentiate compassion from the other moral sentiments by demonstrating their respective moral valences. The first section spotlights compassion’s growing prominence in contemporary moral argument and raises some questions about how it is being used. With insights from Alasdair MacIntyre and Eric Voegelin, section two contextualizes the problematic where I argue that compassion’s meaning probably draws more from de-traditionalization and the pressures of political expediency than from a critical appropriation. In section three I attempt to resuscitate an understanding of fellow-feeling as an intelligibility that must be discovered for oneself in one’s own interiority, and in the fourth section I identify three basic patterns of reason and feeling that cut across all of the moral sentiments. In the conclusions I argue that these patterns of intelligibility engender different expressions of solidarity where compassion may or may not be at play.

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