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Culture of Empathy Builder: Martha Nussbaum  


Martha Nussbaum and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy



"THE NEW RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age" by Martha Nussbaum reviewed in "Church, Temple, Mosque - ‘The New Religious Intolerance,’ by Martha C. Nussbaum" in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 22, 2012

Martha Nussbaum



  • 00:00 Introduction

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The Educative Value of Empathy within the Capability Approach



Book TV: Martha Nussbaum, "From Disgust to Humanity"



Martha Nussbaum Frans de Waal
Martha Nussbaum and Frans de Waal open the 2007 Autonomy Singularity Creativity conference, sponsored by the National Humanities Center.



RSA - Martha Nussbaum on 21st Century Enlightenment


  • 18:00  should teach Socratic questioning and debate

  • 18:30 Question: Why would we buy into this notion of universalism

    • this takes us to the notion of empathy and compassion

    • the double sided nature of compassion

  • 18:45 I always thought that empathy and the real ability to see another life from it's point of view is fundamental to any morality

    • a lot of tensions between sympathy and fairness

    • need right balance

      • principals without empathy are obtuse and dead

      • we can't run a culture by compassionate philanthropy.

      • we need laws and principles







Here are some questions we can explore during the interview.

(   )  How can we build a culture of empathy?
i.e. raise the level of empathy in society?


What's your most important personal value?

How did you develop it?

Do you have a story of when you learned an insight into it?

Defining empathy

(   ) What is your metaphor of what empathy is like? Explain?
(   ) What is a physical metaphor. (make a body movement)

(   ) What does that feel like in your body?


(   ) What is your metaphor of what the opposite of empathy is like? Explain?

(   ) What does that feel like in your body?


(   ) What would a culture of empathy look like?

(   ) What's the metaphor for  a culture of empathy?


Empathy Story

(   ) "When did you first discover the power of empathy?"

(   ) Create a dialog between the two.


(   )  How can we build a culture of empathy?



(   ) What are the obstacles to deepening empathy?

(   ) How to overcome the obstacle?

(   )  Are there questions that you would like me to ask you