Empathy as a Response
I like the way my comment formulated to this post on Edith Stein, about empathy (I call her Edith Catholic saint lol).
“… I suppose what I’m talking about is the call for a true self reflection. That’s what phenomenology is all about: seeing in the reflection ones self reflecting. But as Graham Harmon indicated, often enough people who talk about phenomenology talk about it as though they are not really seeing them selves in the text (Derrida) , they thus often “over mine” or “undermine” what is actually going on, what I call over determination and under determination, because they are determining themselves in the text as something that is more than the text or something that is within the text, which is to say “under” The discourse.
And so what appears to be called for by some contemporary continental authors is a determination that is actually determinate, or as a friend of mine might like to say, “mind”, lol. Which is to comment on Harman’s “mined”, A determination that is actually mined. And what we mean by this is that it is not a mind (mining) which is coming up on things that it reflects upon, to then contain everything within its own phenomenological conception as being.
The call , as Laruelle might say, is to see oneself as the reflection and not as the thought of the object in-itself. This latter is phenomenology, but phenomenology which has not taken the full turn, or really the quarter turn in Laruelles estimation, to actually see it self as what it is doing, as what is occurring.
From here then it is possible to notice the edges of phenomenology, what some philosophers have called “in the last instance”, what other philosophers have called “the end of philosophy“ or “the end of history”. Once that edge is reckoned then we are able to entertain possibilities that were not able to be understood or entertained in a thoroughly phenomenological world.
This is where I think Edith Catholic saints idea of empathy begins. ”
–the Philosophical Hack.
And on a further considerate note: Zizek talks about Plato, when Socrates talks about whether there is justice and nobility, wisdom and such in the lower things, such as shit and piss….
… and I might add.. drug addicts, homeless people, …hackers, etc….