Samuel Fleischacker - "Being Me Being You"

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Samuel Fleischacker

"Writing with elegance, insight, and an admirable degree of intellectual breadth, Fleischacker adjudicates the multiple uses and misuses of the term empathy in the literature, criticizes currently fashionable rejections of empathy’s moral value, and defends his own account in harmony with his interpretation of Smith’s outlook."—C.A.J. (Tony) Coady, University of Melbourne

Samuel Fleischacker discusses Being Me Being You: Adam Smith and Empathy. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.  

At the Co-op

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About the book: Modern notions of empathy often celebrate its ability to bridge divides, to unite humankind. But how do we square this with the popular view that we can never truly comprehend the experience of being someone else? In this book, Samuel Fleischacker delves into the work of Adam Smith to draw out an understanding of empathy that respects both personal difference and shared humanity. After laying out a range of meanings for the concept of empathy, Fleischacker proposes that what Smith called “sympathy” is very much what we today consider empathy. Smith’s version has remarkable value, as his empathy calls for entering into the perspective of another—a uniquely human feat that connects people while still allowing them to define their own distinctive standpoints. After discussing Smith’s views in relation to more recent empirical and philosophical studies, Fleischacker shows how turning back to Smith promises to enrich, clarify, and advance our current debates about the meaning and uses of empathy.  

About the author: Samuel Fleischacker is Distinguished Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of many books, including On Adam Smith’s 'Wealth of Nations': A Philosophical Companion and, most recently, The Good and the Good Book: Revelation as a Guide to Life.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago 60637