This book provides a critical overview of the role of the emotions in politics. Compassion is a politically charged virtue, and yet we know surprisingly little about the uses (and abuses) of compassion in political environments.

Covering sociology, political theory and psychology, and with contributions from Martha Nussbaum and Andrew Linklater amongst others, the book gives a succinct overview of the main theories of political compassion and the emotions in politics. It covers key concepts such as humanitarianism, political emotion and agency in relation to compassion as a political virtue.

The Politics of Compassion is a fascinating resource for students and scholars of political theory, international relations, political sociology and psychology.

chapter |18 pages


part |2 pages

Part I Compassion as a political virtue

chapter 1|16 pages

Love and anger as political virtues

ByMaureen Whitebrook

chapter 2|14 pages

Invisibility in Arendt’s public space

ByGudrun von Tevenar

chapter 3|12 pages

Compassion as risk

ByLola Frost

part |2 pages

Part II Sociology of compassion

chapter 4|17 pages

Towards a sociology of compassion in world politics

ByAndrew Linklater

chapter 5|15 pages

Cosmopolitan political institutions

ByTerry Macdonald

chapter 6|10 pages

Compassion in international relations

ByMervyn Frost

chapter 7|14 pages

Guilt, anger and compassionate helping

ByNicholas Faulkner

chapter 8|16 pages

The new social politics of pity

ByIain Wilkinson

part |2 pages

Part III Critical compassion

chapter 9|19 pages

Compassion and the stolen generations

ByJoanne Faulkner

chapter 10|21 pages

Philoctetes and the politics of rescue

ByPaul Muldoon

chapter 11|10 pages

Pity, compassion, and forgiveness

ByDavid Konstan

chapter 12|19 pages

Compassion and terror

ByMartha C. Nussbaum

chapter 13|22 pages

The theater of clemency

ByDorothy Noyes

chapter 14|18 pages

Sympathy and antipathy in the extra-moral sense

ByMichael Ure