Entangled Empathy

Now comes philosopher and ethicist Lori Gruen, and her powerful idea of “entangled empathy”, regarding various ethical dimensions of human relationships with other sentient beings.

In an interview dating from 2014, excerpted below, Gruen provides a brief summary for ideas more fully explored in Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals.  The images are by Rebecca Clark, whose magnificent body of work might well be seen as an extended empathic entanglement with the wholeness of life.

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OBLIVION, 2012

OBLIVION, 2012

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ST. FRANCIS IN THE AGE OF THE 6TH MASS EXTINCTION

ST. FRANCIS IN THE AGE OF THE 6TH MASS EXTINCTION

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Finally, a brief excerpt from the book, regarding the life-world of “very different others”:

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