Empathy, or, seeing from within – empathy in anthropology

Anthropology report is running a round-up piece on empathy in anthropology and its centrality to our discipline. It’s a timely subject, given the recent edited volume on the topic. In this post I wanted to point out another article having to do with empathy, in this case an oldie-but-goodie: Robert Lowie’s “Empathy, or, Seeing From Within” which appeared in a massive festschrift for Paul Radin that appeared back in the day. Check it out — it’s a classic.


It’s a great piece which puts empathy, not ‘cultural relativism’ (whatever that is) at the center of our endeavors.


by Alex Golub