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“Morality, Empathy, and Pain: Some Phenomenological Anthropological Considerations.”

Jason Throop
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 08:45

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


This talk will work to shed light on the complex relation between ethics and empathy through examining a concrete ethnographic example of local therapeutic responses to a young girl’s lived pain on the island of Yap, a small volcanic island located in the Western Pacific Ocean. Drawing from phenomenological insights into the embodied existential asymmetries that define intersubjective encounters, as well as related phenomenological analyses into the role that touch plays, the talk will explore the complexities of “feeling” or “touching” another’s pain.


Jason Throop is Professor and Chair at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles where he specializes in the fields of medical and psychological anthropology. He is the author of the book Suffering and Sentiment: Exploring the Vicissitudes of Experience and Pain in Yap (2010, University of California).