Is It Too Late to Ask, “What Is Empathy?”
Is the person that is speaking relatively known or relatively unknown to us?
- Do we hear their words, or do we hear them (their person)?
- As we listen, how do we determine if we hear or neglect their words?
- As we listen, how do we determine if we hear or neglect their person?
As we listen, do we apprehend the transcendent?
- Do their words obscure their person from us? Or do we hear their person?
- To the extent we know them, are either their words or person obscured by our knowledge of them?
- To the extent we know them, do we hear our projections instead of them and their words?
Is our history (personal or professional) in the way of hearing?
- Do we hear with quality?
- Do we hear with coherence?
- Are we hearing the person’s desired outcome instead of hearing their person?
- Does our desired outcome for them obscure us from hearing their words? Or from hearing their person?
- What theory, tradition, or discipline of theirs is in their way?
- What theory, tradition, or discipline of ours is in our way?
- Are we employing an objective arrangement instead of listening?
- Are we hearing, or only following a narrative of words?
What is being said?
What is the person saying?
Inspired by a fresh reading of:
Foucault, M. (1969). What Is An Author? Lecture given at the Collège de France.