Kant über Mitleidenschaft

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In his discussion of sympathetic participation in § 34 of the Doctrine of Virtue, Kant twice uses an unusual word that does not reappear anywhere in his writings: Mitleidenschaft. So far, the significance of this has gone unnoticed. But there is a historical source that reveals precisely why he uses this word, which in turn sheds new light on the philosophical substance of Kant’s theory of sympathy.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)729–732
Number of pages3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2016


  • § 34 of the Doctrine of Virtue
  • Theory of sympathy

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