In her very interesting ‘First-personal modes of presentation and the problem of empathy’ (2017, 315–336), L. A. Paul argues that the phenomenon of empathy gives us reason to care about the first person point of view: that as theorists we can only understand, and as humans only evince, empathy by appealing to that point of view. We are skeptics about the importance of the first person point of view, although not about empathy. The goal of this paper is to see if we can account for empathy without the ideology of the first person. We conclude that we can.
This is a Submitted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Inquiry on 09 Dec 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0020174X.2017.1262018