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

Oprea, Alexandra

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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]

dc.contributor.authorOprea, Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-15T02:42:00Z
dc.date.available2020-06-15T02:42:00Z
dc.identifier.issn0032-3497
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/205052
dc.description.abstractWhat 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, and amour-propre to extend compassion across class lines. Rousseau's account suggests that the proper development of compassion cannot do without these more 'dangerous' allies, at least not in societies characterized by socioeconomic inequality. In addition to its contribution to Rousseau scholarship, the article adds to the contemporary literature on moral sentiments by highlighting three psychologically plausible and previously unacknowledged strategies for extending compassion: fear of downward social mobility, religious anxiety, and pride.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
dc.rights© 2020 Northeastern Political Science Association.
dc.sourcePolity
dc.subjectcompassion
dc.subjectinequality
dc.subjectfear
dc.subjectRousseau
dc.subjectEmile
dc.subjectdownward social mobility
dc.titleCompassion's More Dangerous Allies: Fear, Anxiety, and Amour-Propre
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume52
dc.date.issued2020-03-12
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB11637
local.publisher.urlwww.journals.uchicago.edu
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationOprea, Alexandra, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage189
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage220
local.identifier.doi10.1086/708350
local.identifier.absseo940201 - Civics and Citizenship
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2021-12-02T05:01:47Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85082593580
dc.provenancehttp://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/8357..."Publisher's PDF can be made open access on non-commercial institutional repository" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 15/6/2020).
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