Freud, Lipps and the problem of empathy
- Project Number: CICLO XXXI SSD M-FIL/O3
- Project Lead: Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch, Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences / Division Psychodynamics
- Duration: 48 months starting from 01.10.2015
The research project, from which the dissertation "Freud, Lipps and the Problem of Empathy" as well as a number of publications have emerged, examines a philosophical source of Sigmund Freud that has not yet been fully elaborated. The concept of empathy, much-discussed in light of new results in the neuroscientific and cognitive field (not least because of the discovery of mirror neurons), has led to a revival of the theories of Theodor Lipps, one of the most important pioneers of empathy research. The historical research opens a new reading of Lipps' texts. Five appendices complete the dissertation with new translations of Lipps´ texts. Against the background of current research the work of Dr. Ivan Rotella systematizes the concept of empathy as elaborated by Lipps and its influence on Sigmund Freud.