A Discourse On The Sympathy

Philosophy and Culture 34 (7):145-153 (2007)
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Compassion is the subject and object - was over the unfortunate emotional resonance, Adam Smith • development of the concept of sympathy is the sympathy for outstanding contribution to ethics, but not reveal the true meaning of compassion. Sympathetic behavior arises from the sympathetic position of subject and object of the objective difference was equal to the subjective process. Sympathy for the main purposes is a pleasure rather than pain. Reality due to various reasons, we suffered the unfortunate suffering of sympathy, but also suffer for the less fortunate people express different feelings. Because of this virtue can eventually lead to sympathetic increase in the total happiness, so she can actively promote social harmony and progress. Sympathy is a kind of fellow-feeling of the body and the object who is in trouble. Although Adam Smith gave a new meaning in his work "The Theory of Moral Sentiments", he did not show the right meaning of it. The course of sympathy is that the place of the body and the object changes from inequality objectively to equality subjectively. Sympathy for the body is a kind of happiness but not affliction. Now we are in the trouble of both showing sympathy to misfortune ones or not. As the virtue sympathy leads to the total of happiness added, it actively makes the society harmonious and accelerates it



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