Guido Cusinato, Roberta De Monticelli, Matthias Schlossberger

Unipathy and Expressivity in Max Scheler's «Sympathiebuch»

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Keywords: Sympathy and Unipathy, Individual and Society, Primary Individuation and Subjectivation of the Body, Familiarity and Loss of Natural Evidence

The paper discusses issues raised by Scheler's The Nature of Sympathy, investigating its phenomenology and social ontology: the individual's genesis from the social and parental background in which it is immersed as an historical-cultural invariant; the idea of pri- mary objectification and the child's progressive stepping back from «environmental lived experiences»; «sympathy» as a way of «being together»; «community of life» and «pa- rental accompaniment» as the ground for the constitution of persons and relationships; the life-world and the idea of estrangement in philosophy (Husserl, Wittgenstein) and in psychopathology (Blankenburg and Kimura); the «sense of one's self», living oneself as a subject, which requires the experience of - one's ability to «feel oneself» through - actions and emotions. Lived subjectivity, sensitivity, power and primary socialization concur tothe emergence of «primary individuation» - a form of subjectivation through which the human creature enters the sphere of its own life definable as «reason».

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