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Compassion's More Dangerous Allies: Fear, Anxiety, and Amour-Propre

Oprea, Alexandra


What kind of moral and sentimental education should we pursue under non-ideal circumstances? In states characterized by high inequality and imperfect political institutions, scholars have increasingly turned their attention to the ethics of care and the politics of compassion. In response, critics have raised concerns that compassion is too weak to serve politically salutary goals. Drawing on the moral and political psychology of Emile, this article shows that Rousseau relied on fear, anxiety,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020-03-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Polity
DOI: 10.1086/708350


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