Empathy and Anger in Politics
We tend to assume that, in politics, rage is bad and empathy is good. But is that true? What are the uses of rage and the limitations of empathy? Is rage necessary to spur people to action? Is there a point at which empathy is no longer appropriate—when it risks tolerating the intolerable? Is straightforward rage sometimes more respectful than empathy, which can slide into condescension? Can you be empathetic with someone else’s rage without feeling rage yourself?
Seminar and panel moderated by Larissa MacFarquhar, author and staff writer at The New Yorker.