The Varieties of Empathy in Science, Art, and History

Science in Context is an international journal edited at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, with the support of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.


Table of Contents – Volume 25 – Issue 03 (The Varieties of Empathy in Science, Art, and History) – September 2012


The new English term “empathy” was translated from the German Einfühlung in the first decade of the twentieth century by the psychologists James Ward at the University of Cambridge and Edward B. Titchener at Cornell. At Titchener’s American laboratory, “empathy” was not a matter of understanding other minds, but rather a projection of imagined bodily movements and accompanying feelings into an object, a meaning that drew from its rich nineteenth-century aesthetic heritage. This rendering of “empathy” borrowed kinaesthetic meanings from German sources, but extended beyond a contemplation of the beautiful to include a variety of experimental stimuli and everyday objects in the laboratory….


Susan Lanzoni


Self-Projection: Hugo Münsterberg on Empathy and Oscillation in Cinema Spectatorship


 The Strength of Weak Empathy


The Social Brain and the Myth of Empathy


Einfühlung and Abstraction in the Moving Image: Historical and Contemporary Reflections