SpringerBriefs in Political Science

Empathy Imperiled

Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain

Authors: Olson, Gary

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The most critical factor explaining the disjuncture between empathy’s revolutionary potential and today’s empathically-impaired society is the interaction between the brain and our dominant political culture. The evolutionary process has given rise to a hard-wired neural system in the primal brain and particularly in the human brain.  This book argues that the crucial missing piece in this conversation is the failure to identify and explain the dynamic relationship between an empathy gap and the hegemonic influence of neoliberal capitalism, through the analysis of the college classroom, the neoliberal state, media, film and photo images, marketing of products, militarization, mass culture and government policy. This book will contribute to an empirically grounded dissent from capitalism’s narrative about human nature.   Empathy is putting oneself in another’s emotional and cognitive shoes and then acting in a deliberate, appropriate manner.   Perhaps counter-intuitively, it requires self-empathy because we’re all products of an empathy-anesthetizing culture. The approach in this book affirms a scientific basis for acting with empathy, and it addresses how this can help inform us to our current political culture and process, and make its of interest to students and scholars in political science, psychology, and other social sciences. ​ ​

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Good, Better, and (Dangerously) Best Samaritans

    Olson, Gary

    Pages 1-11

  • Retrospective: Moral Outrage or Moral Amnesia?

    Olson, Gary

    Pages 13-19

  • Mirror Neurons, Evolution, and Eco-Empathy

    Olson, Gary

    Pages 21-30

  • The Body Politic’s Brain on Neoliberal Culture. Any Questions?

    Olson, Gary

    Pages 31-42

  • The Neoliberal State and the State of Empathy

    Olson, Gary

    Pages 43-51

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Empathy Imperiled
Book Subtitle
Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Political Science
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Gary Olson
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6117-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6117-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6116-6
Series ISSN
2191-5466
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 110
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